2008-09-22 - Airbus sells FiltonAirbus to sell UK operations at Filton to GKN

Verkauf der Flügelfertigung an GKN<br /> Airbus and GKN have signed a contract under which GKN will purchase the wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit based at Airbus' site at Filton, near Bristol, UK. This will result in all operational business, assets and activities, within the parameters agreed, being transferred to GKN.

As a result of the transaction, GKN is fully supporting the Airbus Power8 initiative and making further investment in the unit in order that Filton will continue to play its important role in Airbus' current and future programmes.
The manufacturing unit includes a total workforce of approximately 1,500 employees (both manufacturing workers and support staff), which equates to around 25 per cent of Airbus' total workforce at Filton. The unit is responsible for producing wing components such as the wing leading and trailing edges; outer wingbox assemblies and shroud box; single aisle wing electrical harnesses; ribs and other machined parts; pipe forming, ducting and other detail components.
"This sale is an important element of our restructuring programme Power8. It will provide new opportunities for those involved and will help to strengthen the Filton aerospace site and the region as a whole." said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. "For Airbus this decision will allow us to concentrate on our role of being an aircraft architect and integrator. Our remaining
Unite national officer, Bernie Hamilton said: "This is fantastic news for British manufacturing. This deal secures the UK aerospace industry for decades to come. GKN and the government are making substantial investments into cutting edge composite technology, which will ensure that the UK retains its leading world class position for designing, manufacturing and assembling wings for large aircraft. This announcement secures the UK's work-share for the manufacturing of wings for the new A350XWB and positions us at the forefront of the next generation of single aisle planes, the workhorses of the airline industry. The deal comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of investment by Bombardier and the UK government into Bombardier's Belfast facility for the building of composite wings for the C series aircraft."

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