MTorres to open innovation center in Washington

The opening of the Innovation Center is aligned to support the recent contract awards of three work packages with Boeing’s 777X designed composite wing.

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MTorres (Pamplona, Navarra, Spain) will expand its presence in the U.S. with the opening of the MTorres Innovation Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Everett, WA. The Innovation Center will focus on composites, automation and advanced manufacturing technologies for aerospace and defense.

Land development and associated architectural planning is moving forward with a phased site plan that will include new construction of a multi-use facility targeted to open in late 2016. The land purchased by MTorres will include a 50,000-square-foot facility, which will support internal company, customer and university focused R&D, product development, and prototyping capabilities of MTorres automation equipment. The Innovation Center will also be home to a facility for advanced engineering, manufacturing, assembly, test and integration of its equipment utilized for the manufacturing of composite and metals material based components and turn-key production tooling solutions for the aerospace and defense market. In addition, the Innovation Center will establish a new customer support and service center for spare parts and associated service offerings for its North American customer base.

The Innovation Center will also be the new headquarters for the business operations of MTorres’ wholly owned subsidiary, Pacifica Engineering, which works under the brand name of MTorres America. MTorres America was established in 2012 following the company’s acquisition of Pacifica Engineering, a company specializing in engineering services in the designing and manufacturing of turn-key tooling, equipment and integrated systems for aerospace and defense applications.

The opening of the Innovation Center is aligned to support the recent contract awards of three significant work packages with Boeing’s 777X designed composite wing. MTorres will be the lead integrator of several program elements enabling the production of the 777X's wing. The contract’s include engineering, design, manufacturing, intergration, training and support of various automation equipment and associated tools for the 777X Wing Spar Assembly Cell and Wing Stringer Bond Assembly Cell. The third contract is for its Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machines to be utilized in producing elements of the 777X Wing Stringers.

The 777X contracts will be managed and implemented by the MTorres America team in Everett, with close collaboration and support with the MTorres teams in Pamplona and Murcia, Spain. The projects are scheduled for implementation in a phased approach which supports the initial rate of the 777X production rate later transitioning to increased rate production as required by Boeing’s program requirements.