Bombardier, Saertex continue cooperation on Airbus A220
February 26, 2020 - Germany
Bombardier Belfast and Saertex are continuing cooperation on producing lightweight components made of carbon-fibre, non-crimp-fabrics for the Airbus A220 aircraft. The two have signed a deal in this connection. Saertex supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fibre non-crimp-fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wing skins for the A220 aircraft.
Wing skins are manufactured using Bombardier's resin transfer infusion (RTI) manufacturing process. Bombardier’s carbon-fibre wings are the largest and most complex composite structures designed, manufactured and assembled, using this RTI technology.
The Saertex carbon-fibre, non-crimp-fabrics developed especially for Bombardier facilitate the application of the RTI manufacturing technology. The resulting significant weight savings help the A220 deliver fuel efficiency in a single-aisle aircraft.
Christoph Geyer, CEO of Saertex, said: “The aerospace sector is a key strategic pillar among the Saertex business segments. We consider the contract extension as a confirmation of the work we have performed to date and we would like to thank our customer Bombardier for the trust they have placed in us.”
The wings of the A220 are built by Bombardier at the company’s Belfast plant in Northern Ireland. Spirit AeroSystems has entered into an agreement with Bombardier to acquire its aerostructures and aftermarket activities in Belfast, Casablanca and Dallas. The transaction is expected to complete in the first half of 2020.