08 July 2002
08 July 2002
GKN PLC’s Aerospace Services division has won the Airbus UK contract for the design and manufacture of the Wing Trailing Edge panels for the Airbus A380 Superjumbo, valuing the deal at US$600M over the expected aircraft life of the programme.
GKN Aerospace Services is already involved in the design of the important midbox structure for the A380 wing and the manufacture of the composite flap track beams that are also structural wing components.
The latest award brings the total estimated value of work secured by GKN on the A380 to more than 800 mln usd, the company said.
Design of the panels will be undertaken in Bristol and Cowes in the UK and manufacture in Cowes and in Alabama in the US, both operations of which already produce wing components for other Airbus aircraft.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.