Aircelle–Xi’an Aircraft JV to produce and assemble C919 nacelle components

A contract to form new joint venture company to produce and assemble jet engine nacelle components in Xi’an, China, has been signed by Aircelle and Xi’an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC), a subsidiary listed company of AVIC Aircraft Corporation.

The JV’s first priority will be to build and assemble nacelle components for the C919 aircraft family, whose nacelle is supplied by Nexcelle – a company of Aircelle and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS). Future opportunities for the new joint venture could include other nacelle-related activity for Nexcelle, as well as its Aircelle and MRAS parent companies.

The types of components identified for possible production by the Aircelle/XAIC joint venture include thrust reverser and doors subassemblies. Assembly opportunities include the build-up of thrust reversers, air inlets and fan cowls.

“Aircelle’s planned new joint venture with Xian Aircraft will open exciting industrial opportunities that begin with the C919, and which could expand in the future with other nacelle activity for Aircelle, its MRAS partner, and Nexcelle,” remarked Aircelle chairman and chief executive officer Vincent Mascré. “Additionally, it provides a presence for Aircelle in the very dynamic Chinese market, further expanding our company’s global presence.”

The home for the joint venture will be in the Xi’an Export Processing Zone (XEPZ), which is situated in China’s Shaanxi province. More than 40 companies already are operating in the XEPZ, including Chinese and international aircraft engine manufacturers and other high-technology organisations.

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