aims to develop, demonstrate and valorise an innovative production process for thermoplastic composite aircraft parts. The result is an industrial-scale validated out-of-autoclave procedure for producing thermoplastic composite parts.

The consortium

In the Luxovius project, the companies Boikon B.V. and GKN Fokker NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center develop an innovative production process for thermoplastic composite parts production.

Optimization and sustainability

By combining a number of steps in the process in an innovative way, the partners in the project want to ensure a shorter lead time, lower CO2 emissions and significant reductions in energy consumption. In addition, lighter aircraft  emit less CO2 and fuel consumption is reduced. The Luxovius project optimizes aircraft production and makes flying more sustainable.

Digital Twin

By applying digital twin technology to this new production process, production waste, material use, energy consumption and costs can be reduced in all phases from technology development to technology use. The objective is to realise first-time-right production with the new production process. Read our paper for the first results.


SNN and the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe are investing 3.5 million euros in subsidy. SNN is making more than 2.7 million euros available from European funding. The provinces of Groningen and Drenthe jointly contribute almost 800,000 euros.

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