02 July 2008
02 July 2008
Airbus has awarded Flow all of its multi-million dollar contract to manufacture and install multiple Composite Machining Center (CMC) abrasive waterjet and routing machine tool systems.
These machines will be built and installed over the next 18 to 24 months for use in manufacturing the new Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) aircraft.
Airbus will use Flow's CMC waterjet systems throughout all its plants across Europe to cut and trim the wings, fuselage, wing spars, keel beam, and other parts on the A350 XWB, which is Airbus' response to market demand for a medium capacity long range wide-body family.
""Waterjets have become the standard for meeting the aerospace industry's production requirements, and Flow is uniquely positioned to serve this segment through our deep experience and innovative technology,"" said Charley Brown, president and CEO, Flow International. ""We are pleased Airbus selected Flow as the only provider of waterjet Composite Machining Centers and that our technology was chosen over other traditional and non-traditional machining processes for use on the A350 XWB. Engineering and manufacturing for these products will take place in our recently announced Advanced Systems Technology and Manufacturing Center which is an expansion of our Jeffersonville, Indiana facility.”
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