Airbus: Half of A320 composite rudders to be made in China by 2014

Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture of Airbus and several Chinese partners, will increase A320 rudder shipsets from three per month to 21 per month over the next three years.

Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on June 29 that it has signed an agreement with its Chinese partners to progressively increase the production of A320 rudders at the Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and AVIC HAFEI and other Chinese partners.

According to the agreement, HMC will increase its production of A320 rudders progressively in the next years to reach 21 shipsets per month by 2014, which represents half of the total production of A320 rudders worldwide. Currently HMC produces about three shipsets of A320 rudders per month.

The agreement was signed in Berlin, Germany, by Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO, and Liu Guanglin, vice president of AVIC HAFEI and Chairman of HMC, at the Third Airbus/NDRC Aviation Cooperation & Development Summit, organized by Airbus and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and attended by Zhang Xiaoqiang, Vice Minister of NDRC.

“The agreement is an important development of the joint venture manufacturing center. We are proud to be further integrated into the Airbus worldwide supply chain network and play a more important role in the production of the world’s best selling single-aisle aircraft,” said Liu Guanglin.

"The agreement demonstrates our long-term commitment to the partnership with Chinese aviation industry,” said Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus. “The ramp up of the rudder production at HMC will be a strong support to the further development of the joint venture.”

Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre Company Ltd. (HMC) is a joint venture between Airbus China (20 percent) and a group of Chinese partners comprising AVIC HAFEI (50 percent of the stake), Hafei Aviation Industry Co. Ltd. (HAI, 10 percent), AviChina Industry & Technology Company Limited (AVICHINA, 10 percent) and Harbin Development Zone Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd. (HELI, 10 percent).