30 August 2011
30 August 2011
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has opened a new Aircraft Commercial Centre of Excellence (ACCE) facility in Clearfield, Utah.
ATK say the facility serves as the headquarters for ATK's commercial aircraft programs and supports the manufacturing of composite airframe and engine components for the Airbus A350 XWB, and General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs.
""Our new Aircraft Commercial Centre of Excellence is a key component in our strategy to capitalize on the growing demand for modern, more efficient commercial aircraft."" said Mark DeYoung, ATK's President and CEO. ""Our longstanding experience in highly-engineered composite structures and our expertise in automated manufacturing methods are now matched by a state-of-the-art production facility.""
""Combined with our US$500 million of orders for military aircraft composite structures, ATK is in two high-growth markets for the long-term,"" added ATK Aerospace Systems President Blake Larson.
ATK explain that the building is 615,000 square feet dedicated to composite manufacturing. They have approximately 100,000 square feet committed to clean rooms which accommodate their patented automated stiffener forming technology and engine wrap machines. ATK expect initial production of 700 parts per month which they expect will accelerate with customer needs and market expansion. At rate production levels, the ACCE facility will produce 10,000 parts per month. ""As a result of the growth in our structures business, ATK expects to add up to 800 future jobs in support of composite manufacturing in Utah,"" says Joy de Lisser, Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Structures. ""With the hands-on training we offer, this growth creates an opportunity to develop a workforce possessing the high-tech skills needed in the aerospace industry.""
ATK say the ACCE facility has been strategically located adjacent to their existing Utah composite facilities which manufacture military aircraft composite structures. The location allows them to take full advantage of its existing design, engineering and technical expertise and positions it to meet the rapid increase for composite structures in the commercial aerospace market.
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