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GKN selected by Airbus as Preferred Partner

15 January 2008

GKN has been selected by Airbus as the preferred partner for the acquisition of the Filton site, including the award of significant composite work packages for the A350 XWB wing.

GKN Chief Executive Sir Kevin Smith, said: “GKN greatly values its existing relationship with Airbus, which has been built up over 20 years and includes participation in the A320, A330/340, A380 and A400M programmes. We look forward to further strengthening that relationship.

“Our vision for the Filton site will create a globally competitive UK centre of excellence for the design and manufacture of composite aircraft wing structures. We are confident that with the talented workforce at Filton, their supportive Trade Unions and the UK Government’s continued commitment to high technology manufacturing, our vision will be realised.”

They are now looking forward to entering exclusive discussions with Airbus to finalise definitive agreements.