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Bombardier Inaugurates Learjet 85 Facility in Mexico

  • Sunday, 31st October 2010
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Bombardier Aerospace has inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing facility at its site in the Quertaro Aerospace Park, Mexico.

Felipe Caldern Hinojosa, President of Mexico, and Jos Calzada Rovirosa, Governor of the State of Quertaro, joined Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., and Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, to mark the occasion.

The construction of the 185,000 sq.ft. (17,187 sq.m.) Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing centre was completed in July 2010. The fabrication of development parts soon followed, and the fabrication of parts for the first aircraft is now underway. In addition, over 36,300 sq.ft. (3,370 sq.m.) of existing space at the Quertaro site has been allocated to the Learjet 85 aircraft program. This brings the total Learjet 85 aircraft footprint at the Quertaro manufacturing site to approximately 221,300 sq.ft. (20,560 sq.m.) in order to support composite fuselage manufacturing and wing assembly.

We are honoured to inaugurate our new Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing facility in the company of President Caldern and Governor Calzada, said Mr. Beaudoin. Bombardiers operations in Mexico are an important part of the companys global strategy. The professionalism and commitment that our employees in Mexico have shown have driven many of the achievements that we have accomplished since the opening of our first Mexican facility in 2006. The increasing complexity of the work being undertaken in Quertaro also affirms Bombardiers confidence in its Mexican operations.

The Quertaro facility is responsible for the fabrication of the Learjet 85 aircrafts major composite structures. During the past three months, over 150 tools, including many major lay-up tools, have been fabricated and shipped to the new Learjet 85 aircraft component manufacturing site. Equipment installation has progressed well with the completion of the clean room for lay-up activity, freezer installation to house the composite material, and installation of three ovens. The factory layout makes use of the latest lean manufacturing methodologies. Bombardier Aerospace Mexicos manufacturing responsibility for the Learjet 85 aircraft program includes fuselage lay-up and sub-system installation, wiring harness fabrication and installation, wing assembly, and horizontal and vertical stabilizer assemblies.

Through the consistent manufacture and on-time delivery of high-quality components and assemblies to Bombardier manufacturing sites around the globe, the Quertaro site has already proven that it operates at a world-class level, said Ral Gervais, Vice President, Operations, Bombardier Aerospace Mexico. We now continue towards our goal of becoming a centre of excellence for composite manufacturing.

We are on target with all of our program objectives, and production of the first composite parts for the Learjet 85 aircraft at our Mexico facility is underway, said Ralph Acs, Vice President, Learjet 85, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

Bombardier Aerospace in Quertaro

First established in 2006, operations at Bombardiers facility in Mexico have grown to employ more than 1,200 workers and include the manufacture of structural aircraft components, including the Global business jet family aft fuselage, the Q400 NextGen aircraft flight control work package (rudder, elevator and horizontal stabilizer) and the CRJ700/900/1000 NextGen and Challenger 605/850 aircraft rudders, as well as main harnesses and electrical sub-assemblies for Bombardier business and commercial aircraft. Bombardier and its employees in Quertaro are very involved in the local community. The company is a long-term supporter of the Sierra Gorda World Biosphere Reserve and provides resources for three specific projects that have an effect on the global and local environment, whether through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the responsible use of natural resources or the development of programs that increase community well-being. Causa Quertaro, a group run by employees, organizes projects in an effort to help needy sectors within the community, and Bombardier supports these projects with funds received through its recycling program.

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