Composite combo

  • 30-Jun-2008 09:43 EDT

Rolls-Royce established a joint venture company with GKN Aerospace to carry out research and development into the use of composite materials in aero engine fan blades. Funding for the research and development is expected to be approximately £11 million. Rolls-Royce will fund and own 51% of the venture, with GKN Aerospace responsible for 49%. The joint venture activities will build upon the development of composite blade applications undertaken during the EU-funded VITAL program, and will combine the expertise of Rolls-Royce advanced engine technologies with GKN Aerospace’s composite research and automated manufacturing technologies.

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