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Flow International Receives Contract With Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

16 December 2007

Flow International will supply Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) with a second waterjet machine tool to cut the carbon fibre wing components for a major commercial jet aircraft program.

Flow’s Composite Waterjet machining system for the precision machining of carbon fibre composite stringers will measure 80 ft. long. It will be utilized for cutting the composite stringers, which are part of the composite wing structure. As a result of breakthrough development work, it will be equipped with multiple patent-pending “side-fire” nozzles. The system will be built and tested in Jeffersonville, Ind., one of Flow's six worldwide manufacturing plants. The UHP pumps that provide the ultrahigh-pressure water will be made at the Kent, Wash. headquarters.

“The second round award of Flow's commercial wing structure machining system proves the effectiveness of Flow’s waterjet technology and its ability to create ‘state of the art’ aircraft parts in a cost-effective manner,” said Charley Brown, Flow’s President and Chief Executive Officer.