Work has begun on a revolutionary wing testing centre on the Airbus site in Filton.
Around two hundred Airbus employees gathered at the site of their future test centre on 9th February to mark the start of construction.
The new £40 million facility will be an advanced testing centre for large structural components. It will enable Airbus and its partners to develop new and cutting edge ideas for wings of the future, helping underpin the UK as one of the world’s leading aerospace sectors.
Airbus UK HR Director and General Manager Mark Stewart said:
“Creating the wing of the future will be no easy task. The teams will explore the best materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques available, as well as new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. The Airbus Wing Integration Centre (AWIC) will provide the team with the latest equipment to perform a range of diverse and extensive testing.”
Attendees at the ceremony included Galliford Try, the contractors for the construction of AWIC, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, part funders of the project.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.