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Challenges of future aircraft construction

Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)
Holds editorial responsibility for blog topics, is researching and writing articles. Her stories give insights into the world of the voestalpine Group.

Aircraft are becoming increasingly efficient and economical – requiring ever-lighter special forgings, and not only where engine mounts are concerned. The future therefore belongs to innovative alloys and design concepts.

The subject of research and development is given high priority at BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG: Materials scientists and design engineers work hand-in-hand and together with the customer on increasingly sophisticated and increasingly lightweight forgings. Reducing weight is essential in this process, since environmental regulations are becoming more and more stringent. Lighter aircraft are more economical and can also transport more passengers.

Responding quickly to the market

The components are generally becoming more and more complex and the parameters tighter. Thanks to the company’s combined materials, design engineering and manufacturing expertise, BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG can respond quickly to the increasing requirements of the market. “We are working to achieve the ability in the future to predict the mechanical properties of a component at a very early stage,” said Hans-Peter Freudenthaler, Head of Design Engineering at BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG.

voestalpine Hans Freudenthaler - Herausforderungen Zukunft

Together as BÖHLER Aerospace

In the future the company also wants to intensify cooperation with the sister companies of BÖHLER Aerospace in order to further develop the creation of value: In addition to BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG, this includes BÖHLER Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG, BÖHLER Bleche GmbH & Co KG and Böhler PROFIL GmbH (Special Steel Division) as well as voestalpine Roll Forming Corporation (Metal Forming Division).


Research projects with customers

As part of the EU’s Clean Sky initiative, experts at BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG are working with customers to develop a new generation of engines. By forging a new alloy that could not previously be forged and by realizing an integrated simulation chain, the engines of the future will become lighter, quieter and will produce fewer emissions.With innovations like these, the forging experts at BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG are working to secure the company’s technological advantage for the future.

The latest video from the voestalpine image and brand campaign focuses on engine mounts we produce for aircraft in Kapfenberg, Austria, and shows them being installed in the Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline. An ongoing blog series offers further insight and background information about the product, the areas of application and the market as well as about Hans Freudenthaler from Böhler Schmiedetechnik GmbH & Co KG, the star of the campaign.


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Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)