Airbus emerges with new JV in China

  • 04-Feb-2009 11:45 EST

Airbus and a group of Chinese industrial partners have established a joint venture to manufacture composite material parts and components for Airbus A350 XWB and A320 aircraft. The Chinese partners are Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co. Ltd. (HAIG), Hafei Aviation Industry Co. Ltd. (HAI), Avichina Industry & Technology Co. Ltd. (AVICHINA), and Harbin Development Zone Heli Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd. (HELI). The Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Center (the Manufacturing Center) will be set up in 2009. HAIG will hold a 50% stake; Airbus China will hold 20%; and HAI, AVICHINA, and HELI will each hold a 10% stake. Manufacturing operations are expected to start in September, and a new plant should be ready for operations by the end of 2010. The center will produce major components for the A350 XWB program, as part of Airbus' target of manufacturing 5% of the A350 XWB airframe in China. These components will be manufactured using composite manufacturing technology based on Airbus standards and processes.

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