Earlier this week, just 6 months after
construction began, GKN Aerospace’s new business jet engine integration
facility, in Phoenix, Arizona made its first delivery.
facility supplied Honeywell HTF7250 engines, fully integrated into
GKN Aerospace designed and manufactured nacelle systems, to
Gulfstream for its newest aircraft - the G280 super mid-sized
Today the new 24,000 square foot facility which
is situated alongside Honeywell’s Arizona operation employs 30
people. At capacity it will employ 50 and assemble 28 complete
power systems per month.
By mid-2014, it will be performing all podding of HTF7000 engines into GKN Aerospace nacelles, delivering
each complete propulsion system, on Honeywell’s behalf, directly
to the airframe end customer assembly line for business jets such
as the G280 as well as the Bombardier CL350 and the Embraer Legacy
Neil McManus, CEO, GKN Aerospace - Europe and
Special Products, said, "We are delighted to make this first
delivery for the impressive G280 airframe from our new
purpose-built facility situated alongside our customer, Honeywell.
We are looking forward to seeing the site reach full production
capability later this year, able to integrate our uniquely
adaptable, multi-application nacelle with HTF7000 engines for all
Honeywell’s airframe customers.”
GKN Aerospace has been delivering nacelles for
the HTF7000 series of engines for well over a decade and in 2008
gained a lifetime supply contract which included responsibility
for the full nacelle/engine integration process. Manufacturing of
the nacelle system takes place at GKN Aerospace sites St Louis,
Missouri and Cowes in the UK.
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