Press release
Monday, July 21, 2014

Technical Fibre Products Ltd and AGC AeroComposites to introduce Lightweight Composite Solution for Aircraft Fuel Systems at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow

July 4, 2014

Technical Fibre Products Ltd (TFP) and AGC AeroComposites (AGC) today announced that they will debut a new lightweight composite solution for aircraft fuel systems at the Farnborough International Airshow. This joint development, patent pending, enables the electrical resistance of composite components to be precisely controlled and has the potential to provide a weight saving of up to 200 kg per aircraft.

TFP and AGC have collaborated in the joint development of electrostatic and lightning compatible composite pipes suitable for use in aircraft fuel systems. The shared technology enables the surface resistivity of the glass based composite pipe to be precisely controlled, therefore the structure is electrically isolating to resist lightning strike propagation but sufficiently conductive to dissipate the static electricity resulting from fluid movement.

The development is the first of its kind and presents the opportunity to save weight in aircraft fuel systems by replacing the heavier metallic equivalents, as well as enabling further weight and cost savings by a reduction in the palliative isolating/bonding techniques currently used. It is estimated that a weight saving of up to 200 kg per aircraft could be achieved, potentially equating to an estimated fuel saving of up to 26,000 kg per aircraft per annum.

To find out more about this project visit AGC AeroComposites’ stand B15F in Hall 1 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Representatives from both TFP and AGC will be available to discuss this innovative technology.

For technical details, please contact:

Adam Black, Business Development Director, Technical Fibre Products, Ltd Mobile: 07785 281 015

Dave Conway, Materials Technology Director, AGC AeroComposites, Mobile: 07768 557 168

About Technical Fibre Products

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) is a leading nonwoven manufacturer, offering a broad choice of high quality, technically advanced nonwovens for an array of challenging applications across industries ranging from aerospace and defence to automotive, energy, industrial, construction and healthcare. TFP is part of James Cropper plc and continues the group's 169 year tradition of building highly effective collaborative relationships with customers, enabling the development of custom material solutions to meet unique performance, process and aesthetic requirements.

About AGC AeroComposites

AGC AeroComposites provides the aerospace & defense industry with composite and metallic aerostructures and components that meet demanding and complex requirements. The company’s growing global footprint is currently comprised of six strategic sites providing local and immediate support to customers. AGC AeroComposites is a trusted lifecycle partner providing integrated solutions from early stage design, rate production, to full term sustainment.  AGC AeroComposites has sites in Monterey, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and Hayden, Idaho in the US in the U.K. in Yeovil, Portland and Derby, as well as. AGC AeroComposites is an AGC Aerospace & Defense Company.

About AGC Aerospace & Defense

AGC Aerospace & Defense, the unifying brand of private equity group Acorn Growth Companies, is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services supporting commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio range from financing, engineering, and integration services to manufacturing, logistics, and aircraft modifications. AGC Aerospace & Defense is organized into four operating groups: AeroComposites, Finance, Integrated Defense, and Services.