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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will investment in its for production facilities for the 787 composite wing box at Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works and Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in response to Boeing’s plan to increase production rate of 787 from the current 10 shipsets per month to 14 shipsets by the end of decade.
Commencing from October 2014, MHI explains that construction work will start to expand Shipyard & Machinery Works where composite stringers, a reinforcement structure, are manufactured and to expand Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works’ Oye Plant, where composite skin panels and wing boxes are fabricated and assembled. Increased production rate is targeted to begin in 2016.
It says Shimonoseki Shipyard & Machinery Works will expand the Aircraft Shop and will add autoclave for curing and shape-forming the layered composite prepregs under high temperature and high pressure. In the Oye plant in Nagoya, an automated composite tape laying machine in the Fabrication Factory will be added and the Painting and Assembly Factory will be expanded including modification of an automated drilling machine and installation of a painting robot.
MHI is responsible for manufacture of the 787’s composite wing boxes. By expanding its production capacity and supplying the 787 composite wing boxes of high quality, the company says it will continue to play a crucial role in the 787 project – a significant step in expanding its commercial aircraft business.
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