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Page 14 of 51 13 BIZ BRIEF The University of Exeter (UK) and Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) have announced a strategic part- nership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying additive manufacturing (AM) processes. The collabora- tion is driven by Victrex R&D and the University's Center for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM). As part of the partnership, Victrex recently announced newly developed advanced PAEK products designed for AM: A high-strength material for laser sintering, a filament with better Z-strength than existing PAEK materials and better printability for filament fusion. Aerospace Market Re-evaluation A comprehensive, bottoms-up study was recently undertaken, as reported in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine (AW&ST, Sept. 3-16, 2018), to provide the aerospace industry a clearer look at its overall size. The Teal Group (Fairfax, VA, US) and AeroDynamic Advisory (Ann Arbor, MI, US) collaborated on the study, which defined "aerospace" as all activi- ties pertaining to the development, production, maintenance and support of aircraft and spacecraft. AeroDynamic Advisory's Kevin Michaels, who has contributed to CW in the past, reports in the AW&ST column that the global aerospace market is currently worth $838 billion, a larger figure than most previous estimates. Michaels breaks that figure down by activity and country. Aircraft manufacturing (including Tier 1s and sub-tiers) makes up 54% of that total. Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) makes up a surprising 27% of aerospace activity. Satellites and space (7%) and UAVs (5%) make up the rest (the remaining 7% was tagged as "other"). Not surprisingly, the US tops the country list, comprising 49% of the total market activ- ity ($408 billion), followed by France ($69 billion), and China ($61 billion). According to Michaels, most of China's aerospace activity is focused on aircraft and space- craft for its own consumption: "The lack of aerospace exports differen- tiates China from other top players, but it will likely surpass France for second place in the next decade." Michaels concludes that strong air travel growth means that there's room for growth over the next few years, and "there should be plenty of room at the table for everyone." AEROSPACE A new look at the aerospace market Working with Composites One gives you access to the broadest, deepest line of traditional and advanced composites PRODUCTS available – from raw materials, resins and reinforced plastics, to advanced fibers and high-performance solutions – from the industry's top suppliers. Helping you navigate this one-stop-shop and make sure you get what you need, when you need it are technical sales experts and regional customer service reps, along with local support teams at more than 41 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada. All are backed by the service and support that only North America's leading composites distributor can provide. That's the power of One – Composites One. 800.621.8003 | | People | Product | Process | Performance Join us at Composite$ Innovation$: Ways to Save Money and Manufacture Innovative Products While Using Composites, November 14-15, Dayton, OH. "With the broadest and deepest product line, along with the largest dedicated fleet of trucks in the composites industry, Composites One's priority is to make sure you have what you need, when you need it." Laura McClain, Distribution Center Manager, Lenexa, KS

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