EADS/Airbus completes its aerostructures re-org

  • 14-Jan-2009 03:04 EST

With GKN Aerospace's recent acquisition of the Airbus wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit at Filton, U.K., EADS/Airbus has completed its aerostructures reorganization strategy. This initiative combines the divestment of non-core activities and sites, allowing Airbus to concentrate on its core business as an aircraft designer and integrator. Filton's sale to GKN follows the successful transfer of the Laupheim site in Germany to Diehl/Thales last October. Prior to this, the carve-out process for the former German Airbus sites in Nordenham and Varel and the former EADS site in Augsburg to create the new Premium Aerotec GmbH was also accomplished. A similar process was undertaken in France, where Meaulte and St. Nazaire Ville are now the foundation of Aerolia. Both Premium Aerotec and Aerolia began full operations on Jan. 1 under EADS ownership and are expected to become major players on the global market, especially regarding carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics aerostructures. All the companies will be significantly involved in the A350 XWB program.

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