Tokyo: Japanese chemical producer, Ube Industries Ltd, announced Tuesday it will partner Boeing Co. in the development of composite materials designed to help reduce aircraft weight. The JV will try and create composite materials from carbon fibres and heat-resistant polyimides for use in airframe structures close to engines.
It is intended to create composites that will be about two-thirds lighter in weight than titanium and other materials currently used and also feature improved resistance to high temperatures.
The joint venture is will remain in force till July 2010 and may be extended if so desired by both parties.
While Boeing will determine and evaluate the materials, Ube Industries will conduct development and testing.
It is yet to be decided which airplanes will likely use the materials.
Ube Industries is one of Japan's top chemical companies and over the years has created many high-performance, advanced materials.
Many of Ube's basic chemical products and materials find applications in various industries including the automotive and consumer electronics, while the company's own independently developed polyimides, electrolytes, and other specialty products are used across the globe in personal computers, mobile phones, and similar applications.
In the aerospace sector, Ube is well-known worldwide for heat control films and super-heat-resistant composite materials used in satellites.
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined, providing products and tailored services to airlines and US and allied armed forces around the world.
Ube Industries is now focusing on polyimides and targeting the aircraft industry for business expansion.
Its tie-up with Boeing will be its first with an aircraft maker.