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The 9,000 square-metre facility at its Hamble, UK, location is part of a five-year, £30million-plus investment to support the company’s manufacture of wing components for the Airbus A350 XWB jetliner family.
This facility will enable the company to increase the output of wing fixed trailing edge components for the A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft, reaching the capacity to deliver up to 13 shipsets per month. The A350 XWB package is the largest production contract awarded in GE Aviation Hamble’s 75-year history, comprising more than 3,000 components that include structural composite panels and complex machined assemblies.
“Our new production capability at Hamble is part of investments that contribute to a transformation of GE Aviation’s aerostructures business as we meet the program requirements of today and in the future,” said Steve Walters, General Manager of Mechanical Systems for GE Aviation.
The Hamble composites facility is based on a sustainable building concept that will include a 2,000-square-metre clean room, two autoclaves and four large curing ovens for out-of-autoclave composites production, five-axis machine tools, non-destructive testing facilities and offices for administrative and engineering personnel.
The development involves the complete conversion of two existing buildings at the historic Hamble-le-Rice aviation production site in Southampton, Hampshire to create the new facility, which is expected to become operational in early 2015.
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