It's no secret that the demand for composites is increasing. In aerospace, demand is increasing exponentially. The Boeing 787 and Airbus 350 XWB will be in excess of 50% composite by weight, according to Chris Red, editor and VP of market research for Composite Market Reports. By 2010, new regional and large commercial air transports will consume 12,500,000 lb of composites per year. The only way to achieve this is to automate. In 2008, Red expects 43% of air-transport parts to be made by automation, a figure expected to grow to 57% by 2013. Aerospace is not the only growth market. Composites are beginning to be used in other industries, especially construction and energy The old way of assembling an aircraft from thousands of aluminum parts and millions of rivets is being replaced by the joining of large, prefabricated composite fuselage, wing, and tall structures, rather than joined piece-by-piece by armies of assemblers.
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