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Airbus Industries (France & UK)

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Based in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS, incorporated under French law as a simplified joint stock company or "S.A.S." (Société par Actions Simplifiée). It employs directly some 48,500 people of over 50 nationalities. In 2002 Airbus achieved a turnover of some 19.4 billion Euros and provided support for the highly reliable operation of the more than 3,000 Airbus aircraft currently in operation with more than 190 operators around the globe. To date, Airbus has received more than 4,800 orders from some 180 customers.

Airbus will provide samples of Titanium castings and welds as used in their aircraft fleet. Additionally, Airbus will provide R&D back up and advice on critical fault sizes and the level of sensitivity required by the NDT techniques to be developed. Airbus and their supply chain are all potential customers for the developed systems. Airbus is viewed as the flagship of European enterprise and as an OEM has a strong influence on the inspection requirements placed upon their entire supply chain.

Reasons for participating
Airbus wish to develop their ability to detect faults in titanium castings and aluminium welds. They require advanced automated systems to inspect custom-made and production items.

Contribution to the project
Airbus are one of Europe's largest enterprises. Their input in terms of project steering would be invaluable.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.