Airborne International

/Airborne International
Laan van Ypenburg 70 T: +31 (0)70 3017400
2497 GB, Den Haag F: 
The Netherlands Email - Web

Airborne is a technology leader in the design, manufacturing, automation and industrialization of advanced composite materials, thus enabling our clients to be more competitive by radically reducing costs and saving time. After the spin-off of our ‘Airborne Oil and Gas’ business Airborne International started in 2014.

We saw the need for solutions to make composites significantly more affordable and this has become even more pressing throughout the industry. We want to become the market standard in composite industrialization solutions, based on a digital platform. In fact, we will build on our core know-how of composite manufacturing, where Airborne enables advanced composite manufacturing as a service.

This is based on a platform with the Airborne toolbox of digital twin engines and automation building blocks, which can help customers develop much faster with significant benefits in term of efficiency and effectiveness. Through data, we are able to model, predict and improve the production process.

Digital production is our key to the future, unlocking the potential for advanced composites production anywhere. High-end composites for the masses. That’s what we work on.

Airborne works for several markets: Space, Aeronautics, Marine and Services (MRO).


For Space we are market leader in solar-array substrate panels for European satellites. We are very proud to be part of satellites such as Sentinel 1 and 2, EarthCare, Galileo FOC, EDRS- C and Astrobus. But we are also working on some 50 more, including Jason-CS / Sentinel 6, JUICE and MetOp-SG. To this date we delivered more than 200 sandwich panels for satellites.


In the Aeronautics sector we develop and install automated composite manufacturing cells for the production of small to medium sized composite aerospace parts enabling our customers to reduce cost and lead times.  Our concept is based on off the shelve robotics using interchangeable end effectors resulting in a low CAPEX, high flexible, modular solutions. All developed automated solutions are implemented in our own composite facilities and will be implemented at our customers based on “Prove and Move”  principles.


Airborne Maritime (AEL) combines Design & Engineering with industrialized manufacturing and in-house R&D which is a strong enabler in the world of high-end composites. We believe that knowing what we design and how to make it gives a real understanding of both the possibilities and challenges of composite designs and that this is the best way to optimize and improve.

Services (MRO)

Airborne Services is specializing in the maintenance, repair and modification of composite aircraft components with a focus on helicopter rotor blades for both military as well as civil operators and OEM’s. We focus on short turnaround times and reduced costs for our clients.


GKN Fokker Launching Customer for Airborne’s Automated Kitting solution

november 17, 2018

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GKN Fokker, a business of the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier GKN Aerospace, has awarded the contract for the delivery of an Automated Kitting solution to Airborne, technology leader in advanced composites. GKN Fokker will be the launching customer for this high-tech innovative automated ply sorting solution. It will support GKN Fokker’s ambition to reduce cost and increase output by implementing automation. Read more


Composites manufacturers: are you making the best of your brownfield situation?

november 8, 2018

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It must be frustrating: having decades of experience and knowledge producing composites parts with existing production lines, but watching a newcomer walk away with the order because they can produce faster and cheaper with their brand new production line. You know automation is the way to go, but investment costs are putting you off. How to fight this ramp-up war and win this battle? Read more

The need for speed: why the composites industry should radically change. Now.

november 3, 2018

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In my first blog I talked about the conversion costs of composites in Aerospace: why these are still way too high and why that is a problem. It was interesting to see how this message was received and how people responded. Of course, the subject was inspired by the Farnborough International Airshow at the time, but the key message is that we have been enhancing the product performance regardless of affordability. Read more

Composite manufacturing: fast food or chef’s cuisine?

oktober 25, 2018

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The challenge of composite manufacturing is to become more efficient and scale up to high volume applications. If we take an analogy with food, it may sound logical to think of fast food: standardised, mass production, constant quality. But actually, we should think much more as a master chef and follow his or her way of cooking. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I’ll explain you why.  Read more

Why I am worried about the commercial aircraft market (and you should be too)

oktober 20, 2018

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Imagine 1 out of 3 passengers being unable to travel by air due to a shortage of aircraft. Air travel pricing will skyrocket and business cases will take huge hits. Unfortunately, this scenario is on the verge of reality. The amount of air passengers is estimated to nearly double to 7.8 billion by 2036. This means that approximately 40,000 new aircraft have to be built in the next two decades. Ask yourself: are you ready to double or even triple your current production rate in the next five years? Read more

JOB: Project Management Officer PMO

oktober 16, 2018

Working as PMO with Airborne International means you are responsible for project monitoring and control, project administration and project coordination. Read more

Back to the Future: why the Space Sector needs a ‘New Space-race’!

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Last week the international space sector gathered at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen. For perspective, IAC is the world’s premier space event. And this year’s theme ‘Involving Everyone’ was spot on. Why? Because in practice the opposite is true: despite all the attention for New “Astropreneurial” Space it is still Old “Governmental” Space calling the shots over the next decade.  Read more

Process Engineer

oktober 12, 2018

As Process Engineer you will define and optimise the manufacturing process. An important aspect of your role will also be the support of production: guidance during production, supervising tests, but also root cause analysis and dispositions for non-conformities. Read more

SMall Innovative Launcher for Europe (SMILE) – Composites for Space Airborne

oktober 8, 2018

Why delivering Jason-CS-A solar-array substrate panels to SpaceTech GmbH is so spectacular

oktober 1, 2018

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Here at Airborne we try not to get too carried away. But being market leader in Europe in manufacturing solar-array substrate panels, and still growing, we were selected by SpaceTech GmbH in Immenstaad (STI)  to manufacture the Jason-CS-A panels. Airborne was thrilled to be selected and working together with STI for the first time. And now the panels are ready to transport. Let me give you some sneak-peak insights on what we did … Read more


Airborne CEO Arno van Mourik joins Top Team High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM)

september 21, 2018

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During the Holland High Tech Autumn Event it was announced that Arno van Mourik, CEO of Airborne, became a member of the top team High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM) with the focus on SMEs. Van Mourik will explore how more opportunities can be created for SMEs to grow into companies with a lasting impact. His focus will be on scale-up companies because ‘for the Dutch economy in general and the high-tech sector in particular, these companies are of great value’. Read more

Airborne vision on automated manufacturing composites for space

september 10, 2018

Automated pick and place composite production

september 5, 2018

Marcus Kremers van Airborne

augustus 30, 2018

JOB: Software Engineer

augustus 16, 2018

Our new Software Engineer has to have experience in developing, testing, installing, and integrating software solutions for industrial automation. Read more

JOB: Quality Controller

As Quality Controller at Airborne you are responsible to ensure and improve the quality of our products. Read more

Software Engineer

Our new Software Engineer has to have experience in developing, testing, installing, and integrating software solutions for industrial automation. Read more

Why conversion costs of composites in Aerospace are still way too high

juli 24, 2018

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This week we, Airborne, will join the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 again. Our theme this year is “Shaping the aerospace value chain of tomorrow”. For those of you who are familiar with our story, at Airborne we firmly believe in automating the composite production as key to reduce costs and time to market. But because of all protocols, automating the total production process of an airplane today just isn’t possible. Or is it? Read further [Source:]

AEL Airborne opens new factory of 2,000 Sqm

juli 17, 2018

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AEL Airborne has demonstrated its growth plans via the opening of its new factory space located at Membury Airfield Lambourn, Berkshire. 

AEL Airborne is best known for its global leadership position in the design, development and manufacture of tidal turbine blades and challenging marine structures made from composite materials.  Integration with the Airborne Group strategy to apply automation solutions to composite manufacturing has driven the decision to expand the UK facilities, doubling the available production to space to over 2,000 Sqm. Read more

TUDelft – Forze VIII | Bodywork production at Airborne

juli 9, 2018

Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing is a Dreamteam from TU Delft. The team consists of 65 students from various studies, from aerospace engineering to industrial design. They work together to promote hydrogen technology by designing, building and controlling this unique race car.

Airborne provides space and technical support in the production of all composite components of the Forze VIII. The parts are made in the Digital Factory for Composites (hall 42) and in Airborne’s hall 70. Airborne supervises the production. In addition, Airborne also provides other facilities (ovens, vacuum pumps, etc.) and auxiliary materials.

Thales Alenia Space honours Airborne with Supplier Innovation Award

juni 19, 2018

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Wednesday June 13th, our Airborne team travelled to Cannes, France to join the prestigious Supplier Event of Thales Alenia Space (TAS). TAS is a joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo. Airborne won the award of Most Innovative Supplier.

Airborne and KUKA announce Official System Partnership

KUKA, one of the world’s leading automation companies, and Airborne, leader in the advanced manufacturing of composites, are proud to announce that Airborne has become a KUKA system partner. With this partnership the existing cooperation between the companies has deepened even further.

Making astronomers dreams come true

juni 12, 2018

After some years building the back-up structures for the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) in the period 2006-2011, we are once more involved in building an astronomers dreams. This June we will deliver the first 3 composite telescope structures for the BlackGEM-project: a telescope array to detect the golden glow of gravitational wave events. It is to be installed at the ESO location La Silla Chile. A first successful sister demonstrator was already delivered in 2016 for the MeerLICHT-project, a Airborne co-engineered Carbon Fibre Reinforced (CFRP) telescope structure taken in operation in 2017 at South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)Read more [Source:]

Airborne Services and SPECTO Aerospace join forces in composites MRO

juni 2, 2018

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Airborne and SPECTO join forces in the maintenance and repair of composite aircraft structures. As of  May 28th 2018, Airborne Services in Woensdrecht The Netherlands is part of SPECTO Aerospace. Mr. Marco Brinkman takes a share in the company and continues as Managing Director and Accountable Manager.

Automated Kitting Solutions

mei 19, 2018

Sorting and kitting of cut composite plies is getting more and more complex and has become a real labor intense activity. As a matter of fact, it is the key driver when it comes to clean room efficiencies. To significantly reduce touch labor and to radically improve clean room efficiencies, Airborne has developed an automated ply picking and sorting solution that places the cut composite plies into kits in the right order.

We call it our Automated Kitting Solution. And it might just be what you are looking for. 

TU Delft student racing team Forze announces new main sponsor F1 Force India

mei 17, 2018

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The student racing team Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing has announced BWT (Best Water Technology) to be their new main sponsor. BWT is also the current main sponsor of Formula 1 team Force India. The announcement took place during the 24H of the Nürburgring. At the same time, the student team presented their latest hydrogen race car: The Forze VIII, in full pink, magenta and silver colors of BWT. For the student team the presentation is extra special because of the collaboration with the new big sponsor BWT, European market leader in water technology. In addition to Formula 1 BWT now also sponsors the student racing team that runs on hydrogen. For BWT, this means the first step towards racing on hydrogen.


mei 7, 2018

Het is een kleine stap in onze gedachten. Maar een onmogelijk grote sprong voor liftfabrikanten. Lees meer [Bron:]

Humans are too good at manufacturing composites (and why that is a problem)

april 6, 2018

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Think that manually manufacturing composites is hard? Think again. I recently tried it with my daughter in our very own kitchen. All you need are two hands, a baking mold and an average oven. This simple manufacturing process has always been one of the main attractions of composite. But it has now become its biggest problem. Let me show you why.

New Contract Airborne to supply 48 Solar Array Panels for Galileo Satellites

maart 23, 2018

Airborne Aerospace has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands to manufacture 48 substrate panels for the solar arrays of twelve new Galileo FOC satellites. The contract, carried out under a programme of the European Union, is the latest result of years of successful collaboration between the two Dutch companies to power the Galileo constellation.

Potting with a Marker – Airborne at JEC World 2018

maart 14, 2018

Airborne and Plataine partnering for automated composites kitting solution

maart 8, 2018

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Airborne, supplier of automated and digital manufacturing solutions for composites, and Plataine, leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based optimization solutions for advanced manufacturing, sealed a business partnership for automated composites kitting solutions. By integrating Plataine’s Cut Plan Optimization Solution into Airborne’s automated kitting system, composite material utilization can be optimized to its ultimate limits resulting in minimized material waste and optimized factory logistics.

Airborne, Siemens and SABIC partner to mass produce thermoplastic composites

maart 2, 2018

These three companies believe that thermoplastic composites (TPCs) are the next generation of lightweight-enabling materials, with adoptions and developments growing in industries from electronics to automotive to aerospace. Each partner’s expertise is key. Airborne’sexperience in composite parts development and process industrialization is further empowered by Siemen’s digitalization capabilities, which span a complete composites CAD-CAE-CAM chain through to digital factory solutions and digital twin platforms. Read more [Source:]

Digital manufacturing: what I learned from the experts.

februari 20, 2018

In May of last year I started in my new role of CTO at Airborne International, heading up the team developing automation and digital manufacturing solutions. If you start in a new role, it’s always good to first be humble and listen. Lees meer [Bron:]

Automated Advanced Composites – Future Factory Aerospace

februari 17, 2018

JOB: Process Engineer for Airborne Aerospace

februari 8, 2018

As Process engineer, you will define the manufacturing processes in general as well as the specific projects in your immediate care. Furthermore you will exchange knowledge on other process and design engineers and give support to the commercial department in quotations. Read more

JOB: (Technical) Recruiter

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Recruiter (0,6 FTE) who is responsible for the recruitment of (technical) professionals. Read more

Automated Kitting Solutions by Airborne

januari 20, 2018

Automated Sorting Solutions

januari 12, 2018

Successful MAA-NLD accreditation Airborne

december 20, 2017

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On December 18, 2017 Airborne Services received the MAA-NLD 145 accreditation. The Director of the Military Airworthiness Authority of the Netherlands (MAA-NLD), Colonel Jan-Paul Apon handed over the official accreditation to the Director of Airborne Services, Mr. Marco Brinkman. The event was witnessed by the Commander of the Logistic Centre Woensdrecht (LCW), Air Commodore Richard Laurijssen and personnel of the Program Management and 980 Squadrons.

Automated Advanced Composites – Future Factory Aerospace

oktober 9, 2017

Airborne automation vision for Space

mei 4, 2016