Posted on: 21 October 2010 by Mark Howells
The first phase of construction of the 600,000 ft2 (55,742 m2) facility in Belfast that will house the manufacture and assembly of the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft family has been completed on schedule.
Bombardier’s Belfast operation is responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft, including all flight control surfaces and high-lift systems.
The first phase of the new building incorporates a production area, a low contamination “clean room” area and an area for tool storage. The main equipment, including a fabric cutter, multiple-axis machine cell, pre-formers and autoclave, is currently being installed and commissioned in preparation for production of the CSeries aircraft wings, which is due to begin in 2011.
“A year ago, we celebrated the start of construction of this brand new facility, and I am delighted that the first phase of this major investment – the largest ever in Northern Ireland – is now complete,” remarked Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast. “We are also progressing with the composite wing development and test programme as planned, and look forward to starting production of the CSeries aircraft wing early next year.”
Photo shows a fabric cutter in the new wing manufacturing and assembly facility at Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.