Preface: trends in aerospace manufacturing 2009 International conference

Keith Ridgway, Rosemary Gault, Adrian Allen

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The aerospace industry is rapidly changing. New aircraft structures are being developed and aero-engines are becoming lighter and more environmentally friendly. In both areas, innovative materials and manufacturing methods are used in an attempt to get maximum performance for minimum cost. At the same time, the structure of the industry has changed and there has been a move from large companies designing, manufacturing components and assembling aircraft to one of large global supply chains headed by large system integrators. All these changes have forced engineers and managers to bring in innovations in design, materials, manufacturing technologies and supply chain management.

In September 2009, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield held the inaugural Trends in Aerospace Manufacturing conference (TRAM09). This brought together 28 speakers over two days, who presented in sessions on advanced manufacturing trends for the aerospace sector. Areas covered included new materials, including composites, advanced machining, state of the art additive manufacturing techniques, assembly and supply chain issues.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIOP Conf. Ser. Mater. Sci. Eng.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventTrends in Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, TRAM09 - Rotherham , United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 200910 Sep 2009


  • aerospace manufacturing
  • manufacturing methods
  • manufacturing technologies


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