Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR

The Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR is a leading international research centre for aerospace. Bolstered by its multidisciplinary expertise and unrivalled research facilities, NLR provides innovative and integral solutions for the complex challenges in the aerospace sector.

The NLR’s activities span the full spectrum of Research Development Test & Evaluation (RDT & E). Given the NLR’s specialist knowledge and facilities, companies turn to the NLR for validation, verification, qualification, simulation and evaluation. The NLR thereby bridges the gap between research and practical applications, while working for both government and industry at home and abroad.

The NLR stands for practical and innovative solutions, technical expertise and a long-term design vision. This allows the NLR’s cutting edge technology to find its way into successful aerospace programs of OEMs, including Airbus, Embraer and Pilatus. NLR contributes to (military) programs, such as ESA’s IXV re-entry vehicle, the F-35, the Apache helicopter, and European programs, including SESAR and Clean Sky 2.

Founded in 1919, and employing some 650 people, the NLR achieved a turnover of 73 million euros in 2014, of which three-quarters derived from contract research, and the remaining from government funds. NLR is experienced in the design, manufacturing and testing of structures in non-conventional and conventional composite materials ranging from thermoset (prepreg, infusion and OOA), thermoplastics (PPS, PEEK, PEKK) to high temperature systems such as BMI and Polyimide.