The Ultimate Thin Skin
By Bridget Finn

(Business 2.0) – The long-awaited Airbus A380 might be overbudget, but when it rolls off assembly lines it won't be overweight—thanks in part to a composite material that Stork Aerospace helped create for its fuselage. Stork, a Dutch components maker, teamed up with aluminum giant Alcoa to devise Glare, a glass-fiber-reinforced aluminum that resists corrosion and fatigue. Glare is 25 percent lighter than aluminum, slashing 1,800 pounds from the A380, which allows it to carry 10 more passengers. That gives Airbus a compelling sales pitch: a jet that helps airlines achieve revenue liftoff. — BRIDGET FINN