Severstal invests further in Airborne
Posted on 01 Jul 2020 and read 941 times
PAO Severstal — one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies — has led a second tranche of investment in Dutch company Airborne, which is a global leader in developing ‘digital automation platforms’ for the production of composite parts, plus products with integrated composites. The total investment in Airborne amounts to tens of millions of dollars.
In addition, Severstal and Airborne have entered into an exclusive agreement in Russia which means that Severstal will be Airborne’s first-choice technology partner in Russia for the implementation of all composite projects, including the automated production of composite parts.
Andrey Laptev, director of business development and corporate venture projects at Severstal, said: “Covid-19 has intensified the need for — and the general trend towards — automation across most industries.
“Whereas we were previously pursuing digitalisation with the aim of increasing our internal efficiency levels, we are now driven by a necessity to guarantee the epidemiological safety of our people, and to safeguard the continuity of our production processes.
“Composites manufacturing is difficult to automate, but Airborne’s solutions have the potential to disrupt the market significantly with technology that simplifies mass production and allows the manufacture of ‘sandwich panels’ with any core and any face sheet material on one automated line.”
Airborne has developed and brought to market digital technologies that increase the efficiency of carbon-fibre composite production by automating the manufacturing process.
At its facilities in the Netherlands and the UK, Airborne manufactures composite products for a broad range of sectors, including automotive, construction, shipbuilding, aerospace, electronics and wind power.