GKN Aerospace and SAMC enhance C919 agreements

GKN Aerospace and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Commercial Aircraft Company of China (COMAC) – have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements covering manufacturing development and intellectual property rights for structures for the COMAC C919.

In collaboration with SAMC, GKN Aerospace is to manufacture and assemble the composite horizontal tail plane (HTP) for the C919. The carbon fibre HTP is made using current advanced composite processes. It consists of two major torque-box assemblies joined together at a centre rib and includes the elevator assemblies. Working with SAMC, GKN Aerospace will carry out the HTP development activities and, on completion of this phase, will move into a manufacturing joint venture. This JV will be called Shanghai GKN-SAMC Aerospace Composite Structure Manufacturing.

Marcus Bryson, chief executive officer of GKN Aerospace and Land Systems, commented, “The ongoing success of this collaboration with SAMC represents both an important expansion of GKN’s long established working relationship with China and a vital technological step forward in our work on the design and manufacture of advanced composite components and structures.”

GKN has had a 25 year-long presence in China and now employs 5,000 people and manufactures in 12 locations across China. This foundation underpins and advises the growing relationship between COMAC and GKN Aerospace.

Photo shows Phil Swash, CEO GKN Aerospace Europe and Special Products and Weiguo Shen, president, SAMC, signing the revised MOU. Behind them are (l-r) Yongkang Gu, C919 programme director, GKN Aerospace; Xiaofei Xu, vice-president SAMC, supply chain; Jeff Armitage, vice-president & MD composite aerostructures, GKN Aerospace; Jianzhong Shi, vice-president COMAC; Stefan Magirius, president GKN China; Yinping Zhang, deputy director, development and planning department of COMAC; Yahong Chen, deputy director, international co-operation department of COMAC; and Dasheng Huo, senior specialist, international co-operation department of COMAC.

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