2022: Looking ahead
Arriving at the end of the year 2022, we can look back on a successful year for DCMC, the Development Center for Maintenance of Composites. This year, after two disrupted years, we were able to work on normalizing working conditions again and we see that initiatives are once again possible to make our industry more efficient, cleaner and more sustainable. For DCMC, the year started positively by entering into cooperation with ACRATS, the specialist in the field of composite repair training. With the ACRATS team we worked on finishing the shared facility of DCMC and ACRATS at Aviolanda Aerospace business park. On May 25th of this year we celebrated the official opening of the facility, together with our partners, relations and representatives of local authorities. More about this event can be found on our website via Aviolanda: Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (DCMC) opens its doors at Business Park Aviolanda – Development Center for Maintenance of Composites (composite-maintenance.com).
The fact that DCMC is becoming more widely known in the Dutch ecosystem was confirmed by various requests from network organizations to organize their member meetings at our location. The participants had the opportunity to experience that Aviolanda Aerospace, the location of DCMC, is a center where various innovative organizations work on the maintenance of both military and civilian aircraft and helicopters. Yet, we are at the beginning of the process of further developing the site into the center where the execution of aircraft MRO-sector and the development of new technologies in the field of sustainable maintenance come together.
There are already many technology developments that are aimed at strengthening the manufacturing industry in the Netherlands in particular, supported by national subsidy programs such as the Growth Fund and Mobility Fund. Many of these technologies may also be applicable within the MRO-sector but lack the right connection with this sector. At DCMC we can make this connection by linking the MRO-sector to the parties that are active within the aforementioned innovation programs such as start-ups, scale-ups, research- and training institutes, etc. Together we can work on our goal to develop technology in the field of composite maintenance for both the aviation sector as well as other industrial sectors where composite constructions are increasingly being used.
In 2023 DCMC will organize various events where technologies and innovations in the field of composite maintenance can be shared and experienced. Visit our website www.composite-maintenance.com where we will post news and announcements about these events. We cordially invite you to contact us and investigate what opportunities there are to put innovations into practice in the maintenance sector.
On behalf of DCMC and its partners, I wish you happy holidays and a successful 2023!
With kind regards,
Martin Knegt, Director DCMC