June 18, 2013
GE Aviation to create new composites facility at its Hamble, U.K. aerostructures manufacturing site
GE Aviation’s aerostructures business has begun the development of a 9,000-m² composites production facility at its Hamble, U.K. site as part of a five-year, $50m-plus investment at the site to support the company’s manufacture of wing components for the Airbus A350 XWB jetliner family. This facility will enable GE Aviation, Hamble to ramp-up 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.