AIRBUS Selects ASCO to Provide Long and Complex Frames on the New Version of the A350XWB-1000 Program

June 06 2016

ASCO, world leader in design and manufacturing of high lift device mechanisms, complex mechanical assemblies and major functional components for the aerospace industry, signed with Airbus a long-term contract for the production of hybrid complex frames to equip the center wing box structure of the A350XWB-1000 aircraft that is scheduled to enter into service mid-2017.

The frames are made out of titanium and CFRP (Composite Fiber Reinforced Plastic). The combination of these two materials will allow significant improvement in weight and overall mechanical performance.

It is the first time that this type of hybrid enhanced technology is used in such application due to a successful long lasting cooperation between Airbus and ASCO.

Now, with these hybrid parts, ASCO goes a step further in the integration of composites in aerostructures. Indeed, these new frames add to ASCO’s experience in the design and production of CFRP components and set a key milestone in the expansion of our successful experience in hybrid parts.

The complex hybrid frames will be produced in Zaventem, Belgium.

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