Finnish ATL specialist signs contract for A320 tail structures

Patria builds on composite structures business for Airbus A380, A330 and A400M aircraft.

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Patria (Helsinki and Tampere, Finland) has signed a contract with Airbus Group (Leiden, The Netherlands) for the manufacture of Airbus A320 Vertical Tail Plane (VTP) components. The agreement covers the re-industrialization activities and the manufacture of the A320 VTP ribs during the life of the aircraft program.

“These successful negotiations with Airbus demonstrate Patria's credibility and performance in ever-increasing global competition, especially in Airbus' best-selling A320 Family. Also Patria has invested strategically in the Automated Tape Laying technology earlier this year in order to improve the portfolio of available composite processes,” says Petri Hepola, Managing Director of Patria Aerostructures business unit.

According to Finnish media sources, the carbon composite components will be manufactured at the company's Jämsä facility and will employ some 20 workers. The Airbus contract is reportedly worth tens of millions of euros. Hepola notes that Airbus' order books for the A320 are filled for the next 8.5 years and its planned production is 700 aircraft/year.

Patria’s Aerostructures develops and manufactures composite structures for Airbus A380, A330 and A400M aircraft as well as for various Saab platforms and Airbus Helicopters’ NH90 military helicopter program.

The company describes itself as a Tier 1 supplier for the Airbus A380 composite wing spoilers, exclusively responsible for their design & analysis, verification, manufacture and product support. Each A380 wing has eight spoilers spanning up to 3m in length, located in front of the inner and outer flaps.

Patria’s focus in composites is to provide strength- and weight-optimized advanced composite structures, manufactured with maximum efficiency, and proven know-how in parts used in demanding operational environments.

Beyond aerostructures, Patria provides defense, security and aviation life-cycle support services and technology solutions. With a workforce of roughly 2,800, Patria has operations and projects in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Croatia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.