GKN Aerospace, SAMC extend composites agreement for COMAC 919

GKN Aerospace will manufacture and assemble the composite horizontal tail plane for the COMAC 919 narrow-body aircraft being made by Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co. (SAMC).

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GKN Aerospace (Isle of Wight, U.K.) and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC, Shanghai, China) announced on Nov. 15 have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements covering manufacturing, development and intellectual property rights for structures for the COMAC 919 next-generation, twin turbofan, narrow body, 150 seat aircraft. SAMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Commercial Aircraft Co. of China Ltd. (COMAC).

In collaboration with SAMC, GKN Aerospace is to manufacture and assemble the composite horizontal tail plane (HTP) for the C919. The carbon fiber HTP is made using current advanced composite processes. It consists of two major torque-box assemblies joined together at a centerrib and includes the elevator assemblies. Working with SAMC, GKN Aerospace will carry out the HTP development activities and, on completion of this phase, will move into a manufacturing joint venture. This JV will be called Shanghai GKN-SAMC Aerospace Composite Structure Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Marcus Bryson, CEO – GKN Aerospace and Land Systems, comments, “The ongoing success of this collaboration with SAMC represents both an important expansion of GKN’s long-established working relationship with China and a vital technological step forward in our work on the design and manufacture of advanced composite components and structures.”

GKN employs 5,000 people and manufactures in 12 locations in China.