Comau provides full line integration at new Airbus U.S. facility

Comau provided all jigs and tools as well as the aircraft main assembly and test stations for the plant in Alabama.

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Comau (Turin, Italy) was selected by Airbus (Toulouse, France) as the full line integrator on its Mobile, AL, site, its first ever U.S. manufacturing facility. Comau has provided all jigs and tools as well as the aircraft main assembly and test stations for the plant. The assembly and test stations include the large steel fixtures that surround and hold the aircraft sections as they are assembled, allow the technicians to access the assemblies, and house the tooling and automatic drilling units used to put the aircraft together. Comau has been engaged on this project since its inception in 2013, and has worked with the Airbus team to manufacture, deliver, install and commission this tooling.

“Comau is proud to be a contributing supplier on this project,” said Michel Pages, Comau program manager. "We are excited to be a part of this successful achievement.”

The plant – which assembles the family of A319s, A320s and A321s – is officially open for business, with a team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first U.S.-made Airbus aircraft. Airbus announced plans for the $600 million facility in 2012, and construction began at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley the following year. The first U.S.-made Airbus commercial aircraft – an A321 – is scheduled for delivery next spring. By 2018, the facility will produce between 40 and 50 single-aisle aircraft per year. Airbus’ market forecast indicates a demand over the next 20 years (from all manufacturers) for some 4,700 single-aisle aircraft in North America alone.