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New advanced manufacturing technology helps produce products for aerospace industry

Spirit AeroSystems, a subsidiary of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, have announced the successful delivery of the first set of new advanced composite spoilers to Airbus for the A320 Family. The spoilers are produced using the company’s pioneering resin transfer moulding (RTM) technology and are the first to feature on a flying aircraft.

The redesigned spoiler is produced using a highly-automated advanced manufacturing, out-of-autoclave process, resulting in significantly improved manufacturing efficiencies, and reduced energy and costs compared to the original, more traditional design. The company is the first to industrialise this innovative composite technology in the UK aerospace sector.

“This exciting milestone is another example of Spirit’s leadership in the development of innovative wing technologies and manufacturing processes to meet our customers’ needs,” Scott McLarty, SVP at Airbus Programs, said. “We remain committed to investing in the new technologies and processes required to deliver a more sustainable aerospace industry and help meet the UK’s net zero goals.”

The spoilers are produced in the company’s world-class manufacturing facility located in Prestwick, Scotland, using the latest automation and robotics, which included investment from the Scottish Government in the development of the technology. Such cost-effective technologies and manufacturing processes will play a central role in the development of the next generation of aircraft programs, and help the company increase its competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing.

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