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Airbus to create two new integrated aerostructures assembly companies, transform European setup

Plan to combine France and Germany activities with composite aerostructures assembly companies Stelia Aerospace and Premium Aerotec respectively, and integrate them wholly under Airbus.
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On April 21 Airbus (Toulouse, France) provided more details to its social partners during a European Works Council (SE-WC) meeting about the company’s ongoing assessment of its industrial setup in Europe, notably regarding aerostructures activities in France and Germany.

Airbus has reaffirmed its intention to build a stronger aerostructures assembly value chain across its industrial system, and considers aerostructures assembly as core to its business. Airbus presented its plans to create two integrated aerostructures assembly companies with Stelia Aerospace (Toulouse, France) and Premium Aerotec (Nordenham, Bremen) at the heart of its industrial system in order to reinforce its value stream management and prepare the company for its short- and long-term future.

As part of these plans, and upon successful completion of the ongoing social process, the new company in France is to bring together the activities currently managed within Airbus at its Saint-Nazaire and Nantes locations with those of Stelia Aerospace worldwide. Another company in Germany is to bring together Airbus’ Stade and Hamburg structure assembly facilities with those of Premium Aerotec in Bremen and partly in Augsburg, while rebalancing activities towards the upper part of the value chain and reviewing its involvement in the manufacturing of detail parts.

These two new aerostructures assembly companies, both wholly owned by Airbus, would no longer be suppliers to Airbus but become integrated within the Airbus perimeter, simplifying both governance and interfaces in a new industrial setup. Airbus notes that the company’s distinct status would also enable them to focus on their industry segment and be leaner and more agile, fostering competitiveness, innovation and quality to the benefit of the Airbus current and future programs.

Airbus also intends to create a new global player in the detail parts business, anchored in Germany. Born out of Premium Aerotec, this new entity, with its scale and advanced technologies, would be empowered to capitalize on the significant long-term growth prospects with Airbus as well as external customers, on both civil and military platforms.

In Spain, Airbus continues to work on solutions with its social partners to optimize the current industrial and aerostructures setup in the Cádiz area in order to ensure its future viability, resilience and competitiveness.

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