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The company announced that it has opened a composite design engineering center at its Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) facility in Alabama, enhancing the capabilities of the Elmore County operation that serves major North America-based manufacturers.
GKN Aerospace officials joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and state economic development leaders for announcement at the Farnborough International Air Show.The company said the center at the Tallassee facility extends its global engineering strength, providing additional expertise in the design and build of major composite structures and assemblies for aircraft and helicopter new customer programs.The center expands the established design for manufacturing (DFM) operation at the ACS facility. Working with customers such as HondaJet, Bell Helicopter, and Airbus, the Alabama operation has achieved improvements in manufacturing speed, reliability and cost for critical structures on a variety of aircraft programs.Governor Bentley said Alabama and U.K.-based GKN Aerospace have enjoyed a long, collaborative relationship that provided a solid foundation for the company’s decision to locate the composites design engineering center at the Tallassee facility.Initially, work at the center in Elmore County will focus on design and development of advanced composite technologies for rotorcraft. Over the next 2 - 3 years the centre intends to increase its workforce of design and analysis engineers with recruits being drawn from the existing GKN Aerospace engineering team and through recruitment both locally and nationally across the USA.The Tallassee facility, located about 35 miles from Montgomery, has been in operation since 1985 and today employs over 1,000 people, producing composite aerostructures for key aerospace industry partners. The Alabama plant boasts 380,000 square feet of manufacturing space, after a 120,000-square-foot expansion announced in 2005.More information: www.gkn.com