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Aerospace firm to build multi-million pound technology centre on former East Works site

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 12:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation of the proposed Global Technology Centre.

Engineering giant GKN Aerospace has announced plans to build a £32 million research and development facility on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

The Global Technology Centre (GTC) will be built on a plot fronting onto the A38, immediately south of the new Village Hotel which opened it doors in December.

A planning application for the new centre was submitted in November by Horizon 38 developer MSF Filton Ltd, who will lease the building to GKN Aerospace on completion.

Expected to open in 2020, the new centre is funded by a £17m commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15m commitment from the UK government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute.

Once open, the 10,000sqm facility will host 300 highly skilled engineers, and will include space for collaborative research and development with universities, the UK’s Catapult innovation network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.

The centre will focus on additive manufacturing (AM), advanced composites, assembly and industry 4.0 processes to enable the high rate production of aircraft structures. The GTC is intended to help maintain GKN Aerospace’s position at the forefront of technology development for the next generation of energy efficient aircraft. The facility will serve as a base for GKN Aerospace’s technology partnership in the Airbus ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ technology programme as well as new additive manufacturing programmes.

GKN Aerospace’s chief executive Hans Büthker said:

“GKN can trace its engineering heritage back to the 18th century and we are proud of our role as a leading player in the UK’s world leading aerospace sector.”

“The GTC will ensure we continue to develop new technologies that deliver for our customers, making aircraft more sustainable and economical. It will also support our 4,000 strong workforce in the UK, ensuring they remain at the cutting edge of the global aerospace industry.”

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Mixed results for Filton aerospace and defence firms

Posted on Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 1:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Reception for Airbus and BAE Systems sites at Filton, Bristol.

Global aerospace and defence firms with bases in Filton have posted mixed financial results over the past fortnight.

BAE Systems reported a 6.4% drop in earnings before interest and tax to £1.895 billion, which was lower than market predictions.

The company, which was recently planning to merge with Airbus parent firm EADS, said defence cuts in Europe and the US had led to a fall in profits.

In the UK, the defence market has stabilised following changes to programme priorities outlined in 2010 through the UK government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, says the company.

Meanwhile, EADS itself reported a 19% rise in net profit for 2012, with revenues rising 15% to €56.48bn.

Its Airbus division, which employs more than 4,000 staff in Filton, reported a 17% increase in revenue to €38.6bn (£33.4bn) for the year to 31st December 2012 – up from €33.1bn (£28.7bn) last year.

Engineers at Filton were last year blamed for a design fault on the wings of the A380 passenger aircraft that is costing the company hundreds of millions of euros to fix.

Continued delays in the programme to build its new A350 aircraft could impact profits next year, warn analysts.

Finally, GKN, whose Aerospace division has factories at Filton and Ester Compton, yesterday revealed record profits – but predicted a difficult start to 2013 as demand in Europe declines.

The manufacturer saw a 19% leap in pre-tax profit to £497 million in its full year results for 2012, up from £417 million.

Last year, GKN purchased the aerospace components arm of Swedish industrial group Volvo.

GKN Aerospace commences production for F-35 Lightning

Posted on Friday 4th May 2012 at 11:54 pm by SH (Editor)

GKN Aerospace.

The GKN Aerospace plant at Filton has commenced production of precision machined titanium structures for BAE Systems, a principal subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft (JSF).

The Filton site will work in partnership with the GKN Aerospace sister operation in St. Louis, USA, with Filton undertaking manufacture of ten titanium structural parts. These will be assembled into the aft and tail sections of the aircraft which are supplied by BAE Systems for final assembly by Lockheed Martin.

Phil Swash, CEO and President, GKN Aerospace – Aerostructures, Europe explained:

“The ability to machine highly complex titanium parts such as these for the JSF is a core competency for GKN Aerospace globally and one which our team at Filton have employed on commercial airframes for a number of years. This work package sees their expertise now being applied to military aircraft, extending the skills base at the site in a direction that is at the very heart of our long term aero-structures strategy.”

GKN Aerospace has invested in excess of £17m in the Filton facility in the 39 months since acquiring it from Airbus in 2008. This has included the installation of state of the art capital equipment which will increase manufacturing accuracy, consistency and speed for these critical F-35 structures.

The company is the major independent supplier of aero-structures in Europe and one of the leading three operations globally. It is a world technology leader in the use of both composites and metallics in aviation, pioneering new production techniques that are improving the quality and consistency of manufacture at increased production rates.​

Filton site contributes to GKN Aerospace profits

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2012 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

GKN Aerospace.

Engineering group GKN has reported a 19% rise in first-quarter profits, with its Bristol-based aerospace interests contributing strongly.

The aerospace division, which makes wing parts for Airbus at its plants at Filton and Easter Compton, achieved a 13% rise in trading profits to £36m during the period on sales 5% higher at £370m.

The division was helped by a significant increase in production of Airbus aircraft. It is also benefiting from a contract with French aerospace firm Dassault Aviation to design and build the wing moveable surfaces for its next generation super mid-sized (SMS) business jet platform.

GKN has created a global centre of excellence in composite aircraft wing structures at Filton following its acquisition of Airbus’s manufacturing interests in 2008. It employs around 1,500 at the site producing wing sections for Airbus’s existing models.

It has also developed a new site at Easter Compton, for state-of-the-art automated composites manufacturing. Wing spars and trailing-edge assemblies for the Airbus’s new A350 XWB aircraft are being made at the plant.

GKN Aerospace has also invested in the National Composites Centre (NCC), which is based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green.

The Filton company also recently announced that is to fund six young people on a ‘higher apprenticeship’ scheme operated in conjunction with City of Bristol College.

The apprentices will gain an NVQ level 4 extended diploma in engineering leadership and a foundation degree in engineering, which will let them gain a full degree while they are working in the industry.

Read more: Bristol aerospace work helps profits take off at GKN (Bristol Business News)

Related link: Apprenticeships at GKN Aerospace (GKN)

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