Airbus & Chinese government jointly open nanoscience lab

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The Chinese government has signed an agreement with Airbus, in which both parties have agreed to cooperate on engineering polymer nanocomposites for aeronautic applications. This includes Research and Development (R&D) on electrically conductive, self-healing nanocomposites that can be used by the aerospace industry.

The agreement was signed to mark the opening of a new nanocomposite materials lab, which will be jointly run by the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology of China (NCNST), and Airbus Beijing Engineering Centre (ABEC). The latter is itself a joint venture between Airbus and the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC).

Liu Minghua, Director of NCNST, said: “Nanoscience is changing people’s perception and will have great impact on the future economy and industry development. I am happy to witness today’s signing with Airbus and look forward to a fruitful cooperation.”

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Said Francois Mery, COO of Airbus China’s Commercial Aircraft division, “I am delighted to witness another milestone in the history of ABEC and to see our cooperation in China extending to new areas with the new partners. Research and innovation are key drivers for Airbus and we think highly of China’s innovation abilities. China is a leader in the field of nanoscience, I am confident that we are able to contribute to the pragmatic application of nanoscience in the aeronautic industry, with the expertise of Airbus and our Chinese partners”.


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