Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Augsburg, Germany) began construction of its new 25,000 ft² (269,100m²) manufacturing hangar on Aug. 6, where composite components of the new Airbus A350 XWB will be produced. Completion of the building shell is due by November, with production start planned for first quarter of 2010.
The new plant will produce large side shells for the complex fuselage (section 16/18), using what company officials describe as state-of-the-art composite technologies. The sections will feature carbon fiber reinforced skins that will be fiber-placed and autoclave-cured. Fiber placement systems have been ordered. The autoclave is currently being custom-built for Premium AEROTEC in South Korea and is expected to arrive at the construction site in early November.
Premium AEROTEC was formed in January by combining the former Airbus sites in Nordenham and Varel and the former EADS site in Augsburg. The combined company, which will be the largest aerostructures supplier for the new Airbus A350 XWB, is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS and manages its operations as an independently operated company headquartered in Augsburg.