GKN Aerospace has taken ownership of its new
Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol after the keys were
officially handed over by the developers, the St Francis Group.
The new GTC - funded by a £17m commitment from GKN
Aerospace and £15m commitment from the UK Government, through the
Aerospace Technology Institute - will be fully kitted out over the
next year and will open in HY2 2021.
The new GTC will be GKN Aerospaceís UK technology
hub and will
focus on additive manufacturing (AM), advanced composites,
assembly and industry 4.0 processes to enable a high rate
of production of aircraft structures.
President of GKN Aerospaceís Civil Airframe
business, John Pritchard, said, ďThis is a real milestone, we are
proud to have taken the next step in the UK GTC development with
this hand over and we look forward to completing the building and
making it a great place to work. We have dozens of committed
industry partners already set to join us at the centre as together
we shape a more sustainable future of flight.Ē
The GTC in Bristol was first announced in December 2018
alongside the UK governmentís Aerospace Sector Deal. GKN Aerospace
has now secured more than 25 collaboration partners for the new
centre, which will house 300 engineers when at full capacity.
The company is a market leader in aerostructures, engine systems,
transparencies and wiring systems and operates in 14 countries at
48 manufacturing locations employing approximately 17,000 people.