AMSilk partners with Airbus to develop the next generation of composite fibers for lightweight, high-performance planes; BioSteel
AMSilk, the first industrial supplier of synthetic silk biopolymers, has entered a joint cooperation agreement with Airbus to develop the new era of composites for use in the aerospace industry.
In recent years, the aerospace industry has shifted from metal and steel fuselage and wings to carbon fiber composite materials, primarily in an effort to decrease the plane’s weight and save fuel over time. Airbus, committed to remaining at the forefront of aerospace innovation, is the first in the industry to experiment with this new material. It intends to explore how AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber can allow it to approach the design and construction of their planes in an entirely new way.
Biosteel fiber is made from a biopolymer based on natural spider silk, a material known for its strength, flexibility and toughness. AMSilk produces Biosteel fiber through a closed-loop biotechnological process that renders the product highly sustainable, with no petroleum inputs.
The new composite material will be built using AMSilk’s Biosteel fiber technology, which enables lightweight construction with multiple shock resistance and flexibility.