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Flow International Signs Contract with Airbus UK

13 January 2006

Flow International, the manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet technology, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to manufacture and install a multi-axis Composite Machining Centre (CMC), abrasive waterjet and routing machine tool system for the Airbus A350 program.

Airbus UK’s Filton plant will use the new Flow waterjet system to machine composite wing structures for the A350 when the system is delivered in around 12 months. Within Airbus, the UK is responsible for design and manufacture of the wings and fuel systems - a role it will continue to play in the all-new Airbus A350 aircraft, of which approximately 60 percent will be comprised of advanced materials.

Waterjets are a clean non-contact cutting and trimming technology that allows the use of flexible, programmable tooling, in lieu of hard tooling for each individual part. Flow and other partners of Airbus funded development of the CMC waterjet machining centre.