Today Collins Aerospace produces more than 2,000 different thermoplastic composite parts with hundreds of parts currently in qualification.

Thermoplastic composite parts produced at Collins Aerospace are supplied to 20 different types of aircraft ranging from wide bodies, single aisle to business jets and helicopter platforms.

Parts can be found on the fuselage, wing, tailplane, nacelles, flight control surfaces and doors.

The further expansion of thermoplastic composites on larger and more complex aerostructures is driven through our continuous innovation on materials, tooling concepts, process capabilities and automation.

Airframe rib


  • Application area: wing, tailplane and flight control surfaces (aileron, rudder, elevator)
  • Features include: beads, lightning holes, copper mesh and thickness variations through ply drops

Picture frame rib

  • Application area: pylon
  • Features include: near net shape preforming through ATL


  • Application area: nacelles
  • Features include: thickness variation through ply drops


  • Application area: fuselage, doors and door surround, flight control surfaces, tailplane and nacelles
  • Curved and straight L-, C- and Z- shaped stiffeners
  • Features include: joggles, hybrid solutions combining fabric and UD tape and thickness variation through ply drops


  • Application area: fuselage
  • Features include: curvature and joggles
Latch housing stiffener

Latch housing stiffener

  • Application area: nacelles
  • Features include: curvature, cross-sectional variations and thickness variations through ply drops
Seal retainer

Seal retainers

  • Application area: access panels, inspection covers in nacelles, fuselage and tailplane


  • Application area: floors, nacelles
  • Features include: joggle and thickness variations through ply drops

System brackets

  • Small assemblies for secondary structures
  • Features include: assembly of titanium and injection molded parts
Clips, cleats and brackets

Clips, cleats and brackets

  • Application area: fuselage
  • Standardized and customer specific brackets
  • Features include: curvature, joggle, edge seal as well as fabric and UD tape