Airbus opens new A350 XWB wing facility in Wales

The new 495,000-sq-ft Broughton North Factory will assemble carbon fiber composite wing structures for the forthcoming Airbus A350 XWB.

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Oct. 13 officially opened Airbus’ new £400 million wing factory in Wales, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will assemble the wings for Airbus’ new A350 XWB long-range aircraft family.

The Prime Minister joined hundreds of guests and Airbus employees to unveil the giant, environmentally friendly Airbus North Factory at Broughton, Flintshire, where 650 people will eventually work. It is one of the largest manufacturing facilities to be built in the U.K. in recent years and will produce carbon fiber composite wings for the A350 XWB.

The A350 XWB program reportedly will support more than 1,200 jobs in the Airbus sites at Filton and Broughton and more than 5,000 other jobs across the U.K. supply chain. More than £3 billion has been invested in the aircraft and its engines by U.K. aerospace companies in the program.

The North Factory assembly line is dedicated to assembling the 31m/102-ft-long wings for all members of the A350 XWB Family, which is scheduled to enter service by the end of 2013. Currently employing 6,000 people, the 700-acre Airbus site at Broughton specializes in wing production. More than £1.8 billion has been invested into the site in the past decade. The Airbus North Factory covers a total area of more than 46,000 m2/495,140 ft2.