2007-09-30 - Airbus site sales processAirbus site sales process continues
Werksverkäufe könnten sich verzögern<br /> Airbus CEO Tom Enders informed the Airbus European Works Council that the company has made good progress over the last few months in its efforts to select partners for the A350 XWB programme, who would also take over some of Airbus' current sites. Never before in its history has the company offered such wide-ranging and long-term partnerships to any of its suppliers.
The strong and positive response from several companies has been encouraging. The process for selecting site partners is progressing well. Out of the eleven initial bidders, who made an offer, five are currently retained. Airbus continues the combined site and A350 risk sharing partners (RSP) negotiations with GKN, Latecoere, Spirit, Voith and MT Aerospace. Suggestions that there are already identifiable frontrunners are untrue.
The international bidding process was announced in February and officially launched in May. It consists of an international process for the selection of partners for the Airbus sites of Filton (UK), Meaulte and St Nazaire Ville (France), Nordenham and Varel (Germany), and in parallel an international bidding process for A350 XWB first tier supplier work packages. There is also a site sale process for Laupheim (Germany) underway. Meanwhile, EADS is close to making a decision about the incorporation of its Augsburg (Germany) site into the process. This would extend the process, as the bidders need time to adapt their offers accordingly.