ATK, Airbus finalize agreement on composites work for A350 XWB-1000

ATK's Clearfield, Utah, facility, which already makes composite stringers and frames for the Airbus A350 XWB-900, will do the same for the A350 XWB-1000 variant using its automated stiffener forming machines.

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ATK (Arlington, Va., USA) reported on Jan. 27 that it has finalized an agreement with Airbus (Toulouse, France) to manufacture and supply composite stringers and frames on the – 1000 variant of the A350 XWB program. The contract expansion adds to the work already being performed on the A350 XWB program. This agreement is the next step in ATK's working relationship with Airbus and its partners, Aerolia SAS and Premium Aerotec GmbH.

ATK currently produces composite stringers and frames for the A350 XWB‐900 and has successfully delivered more than 10,000 parts since the inception of the program. These parts – the equivalent of more than 15 ship sets – are a demonstration of ATK's ability to meet customers' high-quality standards and delivery requirements, and ATK is ready to meet planned production rate increases.

The A350 XWB work is performed at ATK's Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) facility in Clearfield, Utah, USA. This contract expansion will allow ATK to hire additional professional and manufacturing employees.

ATK's proprietary automated stiffener forming machines (ASFM) have been instrumental in the development and manufacture of high‐rate production composite stringers and frames. This highly engineered technology is essential to manufacture the A350 XWB composite stringers and frames, which enables ATK to produce high quality, dimensionally precise and highly repeatable composite components. 

"This is another significant milestone in our long‐term partnership with Airbus on the A350 XWB program. We are excited about the possibilities that the –1000 variant presents, and our team is eager to continue this journey," says Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of ATK's Aerospace Structures division. "Our work with Airbus is an incredibly important component of growth for ATK in the commercial aerospace structures business, as we consistently provide highly engineered solutions for our customers."


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