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5/27/2015

Ascent Aerospace to upgrade Airbus A330neo wing final assembly line

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The assembly line modification will occur while the existing wing lines continue to support ongoing production of the current A330 configuration.

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Ascent Aerospace (Santa Ana, CA, US) has been awarded a contract by Airbus (Toulouse, France) to retrofit the Airbus Broughton (Wales) A330 wing assembly lines to the new A330neo configuration.

Under this contract, Ascent Integration will have overall project management responsibility for the design, integration, build and installation of the equipment and tooling to assemble the new A330neo wing. It will be supported internally by Ascent Engineering in Seattle and Global Tooling Systems in Michigan, as well as by several key external subcontractors based in the UK. The assembly line modification will occur while the existing wing lines continue to support ongoing production of the current A330 configuration.

"Although our Ascent Integration European operation was only recently acquired from Areva, the team continues to perform at a high level and has firmly established itself over the years as a valued partner to Airbus," said Brian Williams, CEO of Ascent Aerospace. "With this A330neo project, we are pleased to be able to incorporate some of our tooling capabilities into the system solution. It is a key facet of our strategic plan to have our Ascent Integration and Tooling Groups working seamlessly together on large, complex projects." 

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