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£30m aerospace project pulls in firms, faculty and catapults

A research programme led by GKN Aerospace will involve researchers at 13 institutions across the UK, with the aim of bringing promising wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies to near market-readiness.

The Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures (Views) team includes four industrial partners: GKN Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, and GE Aviation. It also includes five centres from the UK’s High-value Manufacturing Catapult: the National Composites Centre, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the Warwick Manufacturing Group and the Advanced Forming Research Centre. Academics at five universities are involved: the universities of Nottingham, Bath, Bristol, and Sheffield Hallam University.

The team will build on work carried out in the Structures Technology Maturity project, also led by GKN Aerospace, which identified process to reduce the cost of manufacture in the field of aviation.

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