Leonardo invests for the future in collaboration with MAE

Leonardo invests for the future in collaboration with MAE

Leonardo invests for the future, establishes pilot carbon fiber plant in Italy in collaboration with MAE

Part of government-supported project to innovate composites, pilot line will be operational in 2022 and enable testing of new precursors and process variations.

Leonardo SpA (Rome, Italy) provides services to the aerospace, defense and security sectors including: aerostructures, helicopters, aircraft, airborne and space systems, land and naval defense electronics and defense systems. As part of its mission to “develop and deploy advanced technology in the pursuit of security, progress and value, today and tomorrow,” Leonardo has invested in a new important project together with MAE (Fiorenzuola, Italy).

MAE specializes in the engineering and construction of production lines for polymer fibers.

Located outside of Piacenza, the company’s core business has now become construction of pilot- to industrial-scale production lines for carbon fiber PAN (polyacrylonitrile) precursor (see “CSIRO developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers”).

MAE was chosen by Leonardo to build a €17-million pilot carbon fiber plant in Piacenza, as part of a larger research project to innovate composites technologies (see “Leonardo and CETMA disrupting composites for lower cost and environmental impact”).

The new factory is co-financed by the national business development agency Invitalia (Rome, Italy), which supports innovative programs to boost Italy’s production structure. Carbon fiber is a material that is increasingly strategic in terms of production in the aerospace sector and in other fields such as automotive, energy and construction.

“The future is carbon fiber,” says Paola Rovellini, MAE’s chief financial officer, who played a leading role in the agreement with Leonardo for the new pilot plant.
“The boom in carbon fiber demonstrates how it is already a strategic product in many industrial sectors internationally. And it will be an increasingly important material to face the ecological transition all over the world, reducing emissions, energy consumption, production costs and improving product quality. Carbon fiber guarantees better results than much heavier materials such as steel.”
She cites aerospace, “Let’s just think of the fuel savings obtained with much lighter aircraft. And this is true not only from an economic point of view, but also from an environmental point of view.”

“In the field of aeronautics, the history of composite materials began in the 1980s and Leonardo immediately grasped what was already considered a challenge for the future,” recalls Giancarlo Schisano, managing director of Leonardo’s aerostructures division.
“In recent years, the use of these composite materials has grown and not only in the aeronautical sector. The collaboration with MAE is another step forward for Leonardo in a strategic and competitive sector.”


https://www.compositesworld.com/news/leonardo-invests-for-the-future-establishes-pilot-carbon-fiber-plant-in-italy-in-collaboration-with-mae                                by Ginger Gardiner




MAE Museum: a Museum about Carbon Fiber, made out of it too

MAE Museum: a Museum about Carbon Fiber, made out of it too

MAE Museum dedicated to Carbon Fiber

CRA and Italo Rota work with leading manufacturing company MAE to design a museum dedicated to carbon fiber, one of today’s most innovative manufacturing materials.

Built using recycled fiber, it showcases the material’s ecological potential.

The museum collection illustrates how synthetic fibers are used in a variety of industries, from automotive to fashion to cycling, and employs robotics to open up MAE’s vast archives for the first time.


MAE Spa will design and build plants for PAN precursor in China

MAE Spa will design and build plants for PAN precursor in China

MAE Spa will design and build plants for PAN precursor in China.

This initiative, supported by UniCredit, will allow the Piacenza company to carry out a contract in China for a total of 73.5 million euros, for the construction of plants dedicated to the production of carbon fiber.

MAE Spa is a market leader in the design, construction and installation of high-tech systems aimed at the production of special chemical fibers.

The company has a strong propensity to export and internationalization, in fact, the 2019 export share covers over 95% of the turnover with the main markets of the year i.e. China, Russia and Finland…

Fonte: www.jeccomposites.com

UniCredit sostiene MAE Spa

UniCredit sostiene MAE Spa

Dichiara Paola Rovellini, CFO di MAE S.p.A.:

“Siamo molto contenti di questa nuova ed importante commessa che arriva da un mercato nel quale abbiamo investito e scommesso ormai tanti anni orsono.

E’ un nuovo tassello che conferma MAE quale interlocutore primario e qualificato in una nicchia di mercato che via via sta crescendo sempre di più.

Siamo orgogliosi di riuscire ad esportare tecnologia made in Italy ad alto valore aggiunto e che venga riconosciuto da tutti i principali player mondiali.”

Fonte: Unicredit Group

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