GKN Aerospace has established a new composites manufacturing facility in Mexico. The new 80,000 square foot Mexicali composite manufacturing facility is expected to employ over 100 staff by 2017 and will manufacture composite airframe structures.
The site will start work with the Sikorsky BLACK HAWK work package with parts scheduled for delivery by the end of 2012, further production work will be transferred to the new site over time, with almost all staff recruited locally and trained in the range of manufacturing skills required to produce structures for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
The new facility will provide direct manufacturing support to the company’s Alabama operation which provides aerostructures for customers such as Sikorsky, GE, HondaJet and Airbus.
Marcus Bryson, CEO and President, GKN Aerospace and GKN Land Systems explains:
The new composites operation will extend our very successful Mexico production activities and will play a key role in supporting Sikorsky and other major customers in the long term. The skills we will develop in our new Mexicali team will grow the valuable expertise we have in the country and help us extend our aerostructures business by manufacturing consistently high quality components at a very competitive cost to our customers.