From aircraft to everyday products: Feasibility studies are demonstrating the benefits of licensing Airbus Group’s composite expertise

June 7, 2016

Airbus Group Technology Licensing is bringing the high-flying technologies from the Group’s airplanes, rockets and helicopters even closer to reality for other industries through its increasing focus on feasibility studies.

Underscoring the technology transfer initiative’s customer-centric approach, feasibility studies are conducted in close collaboration with partners. They provide a real demonstration of the capabilities of Airbus Group technology based on outside companies’ specific requirements.

“The feasibility study approach is a very valuable part of the technology transfer process that sets the stage for successful cooperation over the long term,” said François Meyer, a Technology Licensing Manager. “Our partners are aware of Airbus Group’s advanced technologies; with feasibility studies, we are able to initially identify their specific needs and establish tailored solutions.”

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Airbus Group’s advanced composite technology – such as its braiding techniques – have drawn significant interest from partners in other industries for feasibility studies.

Showcasing the benefits of licensing Airbus Group composite technology

Meyer explained that in recent months, the corporate-level technology licensing initiative has seen an increased demand for feasibility studies from partners, particularly for evaluating its composite technologies in sectors ranging from the transportation industry to the manufacture of premium sporting equipment.

As one example, the company has worked with an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to propose applications for braided composite parts. This activity – conducted as part of a long-term strategic partnership agreement with Airbus Group Technology Licensing – displayed how Airbus Group’s patented composite expertise could reduce weight and improve mechanical performance in a car’s structural frame, while offering higher quality for drivers.

Other composite feasibility studies have been conducted with leading sporting goods manufacturers – revealing how Airbus Group technology can lead to breakthroughs for its partners by applying advanced aerospace capabilities in premium athletic equipment.

Opening up innovation for partners

In Airbus Group’s well-established technology transfer processes, feasibility or validation studies typically follow initial discussions with partners and a definition of their specific requirements. Depending on the partner’s need, this phase of the technology transfer process allows Airbus Group experts to develop demonstrators or prototypes for proof-of-concept.

“We have been very successful in showing the advantages of Airbus Group technology with feasibility studies,” Meyer said. “Our partners are impressed that we can bring high-flying technologies down to Earth for familiar products – and this leads to long-term technology transfer agreements that are mutually beneficial.”

Feasibility studies are backed by the Group’s wide-ranging resources – including support from engineers in the Airbus Group Innovations corporate-level research and technology network, Airbus Group’s APWorks subsidiary, as well as other partners located on the Ludwig Boelkow Campus for innovation, located adjacent to Airbus Group’s site in Ottobrunn, Germany (which also is home to Airbus Group Technology Licensing).

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