Aerostructures subsidiary Airbus Atlantic launches

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February 23, 2022

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Airbus aerostructures subsidiary Airbus Atlantic groups the resources and skills of Airbus’s sites in Nantes and Montoir-de-Bretagne, France, with STELIA Aerospace sites globally.

Airbus Atlantic will be an essential element in the group’s value chain with a key role in the aerostructure supply chain, with more than 500 direct suppliers (flying products) and more than 2,000 indirect suppliers (general procurement products).

With 13,000 staff in 5 countries and 3 continents, and an estimated business volume of around $3.98 billion, Airbus Atlantic is second in the world for aerostructures, first in the world for pilot seats, and ranks in the top three for business class and first-class passenger seats, which continue to be marketed under the STELIA Aerospace brand.

SABIC introduces bio-based high-performance resins

Global chemicals company SABIC now has a portfolio of biobased ULTEM resins offering sustainability benefits while delivering the same performance and processability as incumbent ULTEM materials. The polyetherimide (PEI) materials are the first certified renewable high-performance, amorphous polymers available. For every 100kg of ULTEM resin produced, SABIC replaces 25.5kg of fossil-based feedstocks with bio-based materials derived from waste, such as crude tall oil from the wood industry. The drop-in option for current ULTEM materials can support customers’ sustainability goals for applications in aerospace and other industries where high temperature, dimensional stability, or demanding mechanical performance is required. SABIC’s bio-based ULTEM resins can potentially reduce carbon footprint up to 10% compared to fossil-based incumbent grades, giving the material the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC+) designation. The bio-based resins comply with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR 25.853) requirements.


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