New large autoclave for Premium AEROTEC

Premium AEROTEC in Nordenham today took delivery of the 27 meter long autoclave, eight meters high in diameter, for production of the forward fuselage sections for the new Airbus A350 XWB.

Once installed in the A350 hall currently under construction, the autoclave's first cure cycle is planned for the turn of the year. It is expected to be fully available for production from the spring of 2010. Premium AEROTEC is the largest aerostrucures supplier for the new Airbus A350 XWB. The company between 2009 and 2011 is investing some 360 million Euros for the production infrastructures of this new aircraft.

The autoclave with a transport weight of 320 metric tonnes was loaded for shipment by its manufacturer Aeroform/SFA in Masan, South Korea, in July. Its total length is 27 meters and its external diameter is eight meters. The new autoclave has a usable length of 21 meters and a usable diameter of over seven meters. The producer price of this autoclave is around six million Euros net.

Today's biggest autoclave at Nordenham plant has a usable length of 15 meters and an internal diameter of 4.5 meters for the production of GLARE shells for the Airbus A380. The fuselage shells to be cured in the new autoclave for the Airbus A350 XWB are up to 17.8 meters long by 5.6 meters wide.

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