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IHI to make aero engine parts with Surface Generation technology

Surface Generation licenses technology to TenCate

Surface Generation (Rutland, U.K.), a provider of advanced composite processing technologies, announced on April 10 that major engineering firm IHI Corp. (Tokyo, Japan), will use Surface Generation’s Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) process to create lightweight jet engine parts for a major next-generation, single-aisle commercial aircraft program.

IHI has signed a five year, multi-million pound contract to use Surface Generation’s patented PtFS mold temperature control technologies to produce thousands of carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic guide vanes. An industry first, these will be used to connect fuel efficient engines to their cowlings.