Chinese firm to build composite structures for Airbus A350

Avicopter will build a facility in Harbin, China, to manufacture composite structures for the Airbus A350 XWB.

Airbus (Toulouse, France) parent EADS (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on Jan. 30 signed a deal with Chinese firm Avicopter to produce carbon fiber composite structures for the new Airbus A350 XWB airplane. The structure to be manufactured was not identified.

The joint venture agreement to build the facility in Harbin, China, was signed during a visit to Spain by Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. Spain has a 5 percent stake in EADS. About 53 percent of the the A350's structure will be made from composites.

Friday's signing follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Airbus and China to build 5 percent of the A350's airframe in China, and a subsequent agreement to establish a composite factory in Harbin.