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Stork Fokker has signed a contract with Airbus for the development and manufacturing of the composite outboard Flaps for the A350 XWB family of aircraft.
Outboard flaps increase the surface-area of the wing during take-off and landing. The A350 XWB composite flaps are said to have unique capabilities; differential flap settings have been applied, which enables the centre of lift to be moved, depending on the loading scenario.
During serial production, Fokker intends to produce 140 sets of flaps annually and expects to employ a further 100 employees.
“We are delighted with the opportunity for growth and development of highly qualified employment that this contract brings. It is an excellent achievement for Dutch aerospace industry proving that collaboration between knowledge institutes, industry and government creates a fruitful innovative environment, enabling the industry to win substantial orders in new aircraft programs “says Henk Valk Executive Vice President, Stork Fokker.
This contract is one in a series of aerospace contracts signed by Fokker. The company recently won the contract for the JSF Flaperons and already produces the inboard flaps for the Boeing 747-8 and the Flaperons for the F16.
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