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Airborne Invest in new RTM facility for aerostructures in Girona Spain

News International-French

17 Aug 2011

This expansion fits in the Airborne strategy to become one of the leading companies in the design and build of advanced composite structures.

Airborne has taken the decision to establish a dedicated facility for RTM in aerospace in Girona, Spain. The existing business unit of Airborne Composites in Spain will move to a new facility with state-of-the-art RTM equipment, clean rooms, oven, autoclave, CNC milling equipment and design offices. This expansion fits in the Airborne strategy to become one of the leading companies in the design and build of advanced composite structures.

On 28 July 2011, the 5 year agreement for the facility has been signed. The investment plan is supported by local Catalan and national Spanish entities, to establish long-term and high-tech employment in the fast growing sector of composites for the aeronautic market. The location is strategically located in the north east region of Spain with less than 3 hours driving distance from the headquarters of Airbus in Toulouse, France.

Airborne is established in Spain since early 2008 and is currently working for Airbus and Eurocopter in both RTM processing as well as prepreg autoclave technology. The company is EN 9100 qualified and has its own design, stress and process engineering capability. In close cooperation with the Airborne Technology Centre in The Netherlands, improved technologies for RTM manufacturing are developed: pick & place of dry preforms by robots, pick and drape, dry fibre placement and fast injection systems. The new site of 1.230m²  manufacturing, with an option of 1.000 m² extra, and 370 m² offices will be in operation as of January 2012.