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In the aeronautical sector, the weight of materials is key for both efficiency and safety. Composite materials are particularly suitable to meet the requirements of this sector, as well as being more resistant to fatigue and corrosion.

However, the cost of raw materials and production processes are higher compared to conventional materials, so research is being carried out into the use of more economical production processes.

Clean Aviation is the public-private partnership sponsored by the European Commission to achieve environmentally neutral aviation, and in this context, lightweight materials with a smaller environmental footprint that will play a key role in the aircraft construction of the future are being researched and developed.


At GAIKER, we offer composite material solutions using sustainable materials such as resins from renewable natural resources and fibres. We also work in non-autoclave processes, such as RTM or C-RTM, infusion, compression, pultrusion or filament winding, in which we incorporate digital technologies for greater process control and automation. We also develop semi-finished products, such as customised prepregs and UD tapes, and we specialise in the FEM calculation of composite structures.

We have technology for the production of fibre preforms that are incorporated in the transformation processes. We also carry out research into technologies for recycling composites at the end of their life or in scrap parts, such as pyrolysis, by means of which carbon fibre is obtained for second uses and pyrolytic liquid compounds derived from resins, or solvolysis processes that give rise to monomers. In the case of non-cured prepreg offcuts, we have patented a process for their full recovery.

Major Projects


The aim of the European INFINITE project is to provide continuous information on the condition and status of aerostructures at any point in their life cycle using smart materials and wireless technologies.
Composites will be developed with integrated sensors as part of the initiative to monitor the characteristics of these materials from their manufacture to their final recycling, with the aim of extending their useful life and improving their quality


The aim of this project is to develop a new manufacturing cell based on advanced, intelligent organisational models to automate large composite manufacturing processes. GAIKER's research is focused on the control and automation of resin injection processes, developing preforms with constant section reinforcement and designing and developing demonstrators for the railway and shipbuilding sectors

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The aim of the KAIROS project is to research into cutting-edge technologies in composite manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Digital Twinning aimed at developing a solution for the efficient manufacture of large composite parts for the naval sector, with a high degree of automation, as well as quality and cost optimisation.

GAIKER’s research in this project focuses on different lines that cover the definition of the design of composite material parts, the control and automation of the manufacture of composite by infusion and the pre-forming of dry fibre reinforcements by means of vacuum and temperature compaction, and the development and characterisation of functional prototypes.

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GAIKER will work on developing new hybrid composites that could replace the metallic materials used to date, which would, therefore, provide lightweighting and excellent resistance to fatigue and impact.

Research and development of new space technologies and investigation into new techniques to improve future planetary missions and their scientific needs.

Subsidised by the Basque Government

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