We’re almost ready for a new year filled with engineering innovation! this past year was bursting with success stories that massively impacted the industry and spurred trends towards composite integration in new markets. As we wave goodbye to 2011, here are some interesting developing technologies that the industry can look forward to in 2012.
In 2011, the automotive industry started dropping a few thousand pounds off the weight of compact cars and trucks to increase fuel efficiency. Carbon fiber suppliers, such as the SGL Group and Quicksilver, contracted with European auto giants like BMW and Audi to get ready for a new wave of composite automotive parts.
Aerospace composites soared to new heights when the Boeing 787 passed aviation tests in September. Not only did the 787 push the boundaries of airplane technology but it put composite materials on the front page of news sources everywhere. Next up: Airbus A350XWB.