Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and Chinese partners, has become the sole composite structure supplier of some A350XWB parts—rudder, elevator, belly fairing and S19 maintenance door work package. Operational A350XWB airplanes are assembled with these composite parts which are manufactured in China.
The joint venture in Harbin, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, has become a key part of the global supply chain, Chinese media reports said quoting Airbus. It also provides 100 per cent of all of Airbus’ A320 single-aisle aircraft’s rudder shells and 80 per cent of all rudder assemblies.
“HMC is a key participant which makes the A350XWB and A320 fly. It has become an integrated part in Airbus’ global supply chain and will continue to play an important role in contributing to the success of Airbus commercial aircraft,” Airbus Commercial Aircraft China COO Francois Mery said at an event to mark the tenth anniversary of the operation of HMC.
Airbus will continue to extend and deepen the long-term partnership with the Chinese aviation industry, Mery said. “We are moving faster to meet the target of making the total value of China-Airbus industrial cooperation to reach $1 billion by 2020.”
Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Harbin Development Zone Infrastructure Development Company Limited (HELI) are the Chinese partners in HMC. Airbus China owns 29 per cent of the joint venture, while the remaining share is held by the two Chinese companies.
For the A350XWB programme, the manufacturing center delivered its 300th A350XWB elevator in May 2019. (RKS)
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