Aerospace composites: Lightweight solutions for highest demands

The performance criteria for thermoplastics in aerospace are more stringent than in almost any other industry. Difficult requirements such as low weight, high strength and stiffness as well as chemical, thermal and environmental resistance are just as important as compliance with fire protection and FST regulations. 
With their advantageous mechanical, thermal and chemical properties, thermoplastic fibre composites are becoming increasingly important in aerospace.  Thermoplastic composites also offer the potential for cost-effective serial production.
With our comprehensive portfolio of aircraft composite materials, we offer solutions perfectly tailored to your application. 
Whether you require complex geometries, high demands on stiffness and strength or applications in the aircraft interior, as a long-standing partner of leading aerospace companies, we know exactly what the industry requires and can provide you with comprehensive support for your application.

Aircraft composites for numerous aerospace applications

Our aerospace composites are available with the thermoplastic matrix materials PEEK, PPS, PEI and PC-FR.

  • Fibre composites with PEEK matrix are characterised above all by high stiffness and strength as well as excellent chemical and environmental resistance. PEEK fibre composites are particularly relevant for innovative applications in air taxis or drones. 
  • PPS fibre composites have similar advantageous mechanical properties to PEEK and are equally resistant to chemicals and weathering. PPS composites are an economical alternative to PEEK in some applications. We will be happy to advise you individually on the selection of suitable materials.
  • PEI and PC-FR - ideal for aircraft interiors
    Both materials have very good mechanical properties and also meet the FAR regulations for fire protection and FST (flame/smoke/toxicity) specifications. While PEI is already an established material, we offer PC-FR, an aerospace composite specifically designed for aircraft interior applications, which is an economically attractive alternative to PEI for many applications. 
TECATEC PEI GF50 S296 semipreg FR V01 natural Teaser

TECATEC PEI GF50 S296 CP/IP/OS FR V01 natural

TECATEC PEI GF50 FR natural has a high fracture toughness and high mechanical strength. Valued for its appealing surface, it is perfectly suited for use in means of transport.
TECATEC PC GF50 S296 semipreg FR V01 Teaser

TECATEC PC GF50 S296 CP/IP/OS FR V01 natural

With TECATEC PC GF50 S296 FR natural, Ensinger offers a glass-fibre reinforced polycarbonate composite material with flame-retardant properties.
TECATEC PPS CF50 T200 semipreg V01 Teaser

TECATEC PPS CF50 T200 CP/IP/OS V01 natural

This PPS CF50-composite is characterised by its very high strength and rigidity even at high temperatures as well as its elasticity, strength and dimensional stability.

Benefits of aircraft composite materials

Thermoplastic fibre composites are ideal for a wide range of aerospace applications. Their low weight, combined with the high strength and stiffness of the components, makes them an optimal alternative to metal and leads to a significant reduction in the overall weight of aircraft. As such, they contribute to the industry's zero emission goals. Thermoplastics are also inherently recyclable, which can have a positive impact on sustainability goals. From passenger aircraft to drones, air taxis and space applications, thermoplastic composites can be used for structural, semi-structural and interior applications.

In addition to their advantageous mechanical, thermal and chemical properties, the materials are also highly flexible in terms of shape and fibre orientation. This makes aerospace composite products suitable for complex geometries and unique structures. 

  • With up to 50 % less weight than comparable metal applications, aerospace composites contribute to the industry's sustainability goals and support zero emission efforts
  • High resistance to chemicals, environmental and temperature impacts
  • High flexibility in shape, structure and application
  • Customised support and assistance in process development, from the selection of the material used to the component itself
  • Ability to manufacture complex components in high volumes, also in combination with manufacturing techniques such as injection molding (overmoulding)

Composites in aerospace applications

  • Clamps
  • Clips
  • Interior parts
  • Fasteners
  • Wing lugs