March 24, 2014
Fokker and NLR sign LOI for composite manufacturing facility in Marknesse (NL)
Fokker Landing Gear (FLG), part of Fokker Technologies and the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) have signed a Letter of Intent for the realization of highly automated and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for composite landing gear parts at the NLR in Marknesse (NL). The facility is scheduled to be up and running in the third quarter of 2014 and will have a surface of around 500 m². About 20 Fokker specialists will work together with the NLR team. This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will use, combine and further improve proven and available manufacturing technology in support of FLG’s ambition to introduce its composite landing gear parts on new and existing landing gear designs and to ensure a reliable and repetitive manufacturing process, reducing component costs under metal equivalents. The facility will produce composite landing gear components for customers for the qualification and first production phase. The major advantages for the application of FLG’s composite technology on a landing gear for OEM’s and operators are affordability, weight reduction (up to 30%), manufacturability, lower operational- and maintenance costs, low susceptibility to damage and noise reduction.