GKN Aerospace and SAMC extend MOU and conclude operating agreements

11/15/2012 8:00 AM
Aerospace - General

GKN Aerospace and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company (SAMC) have revised their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed further agreements covering manufacturing development and intellectual property rights for structures for the COMAC 919 next generation, twin turbofan, narrow body, 150 seat aircraft. SAMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Commercial Aircraft Company of China Ltd (COMAC).

In collaboration with SAMC, GKN Aerospace is to manufacture and assemble the composite horizontal tail plane (HTP) for the C919. The carbon fibre HTP is made using current advanced composite processes. It consists of two major torque-box assemblies joined together at a centre rib and includes the elevator assemblies. Working with SAMC, GKN Aerospace will carry out the HTP development activities and, on completion of this phase, will move into a manufacturing joint venture. This JV will be called Shanghai GKN-SAMC Aerospace Composite Structure Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Marcus Bryson, Chief Executive Officer – GKN Aerospace and Land Systems comments: “The on-going success of this collaboration with SAMC represents both an important expansion of GKN’s long established working relationship with China and a vital technological step forward in our work on the design and manufacture of advanced composite components and structures.”

GKN has had a 25 year-long presence in China. Today the company employs 5000 people and manufactures in 12 locations across China. This foundation underpins and advises the growing relationship between COMAC and GKN Aerospace.

Editor’s Notes:

GKN plc is a global engineering business serving the automotive, aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 35 countries, around 47,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and sales of GBP6.1 billion in the year to 31 December 2011. GKN plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).

GKN Aerospace is the aerospace operation of GKN plc, serving a global customer base and operating in North and South America, the Asia Pacific and Europe. With sales of GBP1.5bn, the business is focused around three major product areas - aerostructures, engine products and transparencies, plus a number of specialist products - electro-thermal ice protection, fuel and flotation systems, and bullet resistant glass. The business is equally split along military and civil lines with significant participation on all major aircraft programmes today. GKN Aerospace is a major supplier of integrated composite structures; offers one of the most comprehensive capabilities in high performance metallics processing and is the world leading supplier of cockpit transparencies and passenger cabin windows.

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) is a state-owned company, which is formed with the approval of the State Council and jointly invested by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, Shanghai Guosheng (Group) Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China Aluminum Corporation (CHINALCO), Baosteel Group, and Sinochem Group. With a registered capital of RMB 19 billion. COMAC was held on May 11th, 2008.COMAC is headquartered in Shanghai.

COMAC functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China. It is also mandated with the overall planning of developing trunk liner and regional jet programs and realizing the industrialization of civil aircraft in China. COMAC is engaged in the research, manufacture and flight tests of civil aircraft and related businesses such as marketing, servicing, leasing and operations of civil aircraft. The company has six member organizations including Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute (SADRI), Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (SAMC), Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Co., Ltd., and among these organizations Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd (SAMC) is the final assembly center for aircraft.

For further information, please contact:
Sandra Fearon, Public Relations Manager for Aerospace, GKN Aerospace TEL: +44 (0)1983 283649 Mobile: +44 (0)7767 334804. Email: sandra.fearon@gknaerospace.com