GKN Aerospace, SAMC and AVIC Supply sign JV agreement for advanced aerostructures

Signing ceremony of the joint venture agreement between GKN Aerospace, SAMC and AVIC Supply

COMAC subsidiary SAMC (Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company), AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the manufacture of composite and metallic aerostructures in Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.

The state-of-the-art, 80,000 m² facility in Jingjiang will be GKN Aerospace’s first aerostructures JV in China. It will offer COMAC, AVIC and Western customers the opportunity to access an important local supply of advanced aerostructures in the country. The JV builds on COMAC, AVIC and GKN Aerospace’s proven track record in the global commercial aviation industry.  Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In addition to the JV facility, GKN Aerospace is in final preparations to open (April 2021) a separate 20,000 m² site in Jingjiang, focusing on the manufacture of transparencies for the commercial market.

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