Posted by- Neelam Mathews
July 12, 2011
Five agreements signed by EADS last month have extended the scope of the company’s technology licensing outreach with new industrial partners in India and Europe, says the company.
The deals include a contract with Germany’s Grenzebach Automation for metallic production technologies based on the friction stir welding solid-state joining process, along with four Letters of Intent with one German and three Indian companies for metallic and composite manufacturing processes.
The Letters of Intent, backed by an EADS engineering services package include-
• India’s Dynamatic Technologies for metallic manufacturing processes such as friction stir welding, as well as EADS patented composites production technologies
• Maini Precision Products for metallic and composites technologies
• Tata Advanced Materials Limited, covering a broad range of composites and related manufacturing processes, including the EADS-developed and patented Vacuum Assisted Process (VAP) and protective coatings for composite tools
• Brötje Automation of Germany, for light metal alloys, friction stir welding and automation in composites manufacturing
Several of the accords will benefit from engineering and application studies organised by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative, which provides assistance to industry partners in identifying business cases and tailoring a technology offer that is best adapted to customers’ specific needs. This supplemental engineering support is offered to facilitate a smooth transfer of the licensed technology into customers’ products and manufacturing processes, says EADS.
“Our new agreements underscore EADS’ ability to provide highly valuable technologies in both metallic and composites production, which will be applied to the aerospace industry as well as other sectors such as automotive and industrial equipment,” said Wulf Hoeflich, who leads the EADS Technology Licensing initiative.