CCS and STRATAGEM partnering on a demonstrator for automated inspection and repair of composite aircraft structures

Paris, 21 June 2019: Today, at the Paris Airshow 2019 Composite Cluster Singapore Pte Ltd (CCS) and STRATAGEM Innovation Singapore Pte Ltd (STRATAGEM) signed a contract for the proof of concept of a demonstrator for automated inspection and repair of critical composite structures (“LAIRD”).


The 1-year program will be conducted in cooperation with Testia Asia Pacific at the Composite Application Center (CAC), a CCS led Singapore-based international field lab with participation of international companies and research entities that cover all parts of the composite value chain, including material, software, equipment, process technologies, as well as manufacturing, maintenance, product development and training. The CAC field lab will ensure that Stratagem and CCS can tap into the latest technologies and create best of industry solutions, while at the same time support a sustainable talent pool and skilled workforce for the future. The participation of Testia in the program will provide valuable domain knowledge and technology in aerostructure inspection. 
Stratagem Innovation Singapore is a subsidiary of the Dutch Stratagem Group which has been involved in the development of a new generation of robotic solutions for surface treatment of Aircraft and helicopters over the years. 
The relationship between CCS and STRATAGEM will strengthen the research and development relationship between the Netherlands and Singapore and will contribute to the ambitions of both countries in the field of aerospace, export and focus on SME development. The LAIRD project is supported by Enterprise Singapore, an Agency of the Singapore Government that champions enterprise development of start-ups and SMEs. 
LAIRD will be part of a new generation of automated solutions for the aircraft MRO industry that will contribute to its long-term sustainability, will anticipate on the significant increase in critical composite structures and will overcome the increasing shortage of skilled professionals. If successful than the current Proof of Concept phase will be followed by a 2-year Proof of Validation phase.