GKN Aerospace will present the highlights of its work across metal and composite aerostructures and engine systems, transparencies and special products in the company s new purpose-built facility at Farnborough International this year.
Among the items on display will be: the state of the art turbine rear frame for the GEnx engine; a section of the all-composite rear wing spar for the A350 XWB; the recently completed STeM advanced winglet demonstrator; the elegant cockpit canopy for the F-35 Lightning II and the large, ultra high performance passenger cabin window on the Boeing 787; examples of additive manufactured structures and titanium engine components; new optical ice detection sensors alongside established electro-thermal ice protection technology.
Engineers from GKN Aerospace will also be discussing developments in a series of open lectures in the Innovation Zone* each day. Topics will be as follows: Monday: Additive manufacture - Process optimisation and qualification - its role in design Tuesday: Technology and innovation for the future of composites manufacture Wednesday: Fan and turbine engine structures - Enabling today s and tomorrow s propulsion Thursday: Technology - leading the way toward more efficient aircraft
Today GKN Aerospace s annual sales top USD3.5 billion. The company operates from 32 manufacturing sites across 9 countries, employs 11,700 people and is a market leader in aerostructures, engine structures, transparencies and fuel systems.
In the past 12 months GKN Aerospace has: Gained new business worth well over USD1bn. Continued the integration of its market-leading engine systems business, which now represents 50% of the business Opened a new advanced engineering centre in India Opened four new additive manufacturing technology centres in Europe and the USA Opened a new assembly facility in Phoenix, Arizona alongside Honeywell s manufacturing operation Grown recently opened manufacturing plants in South Carolina, Mexico and Alabama.
Marcus Bryson, CEO, GKN Aerospace and Land Systems states: Our new display at Farnborough International is a tangible and powerful demonstration of our world class engineering, impressive range of differentiating technologies and proven ability to effectively insert cutting edge technology into real airframe programmes. This drives both our own growth and the success of our customers airframes and aero-engines. We look forward to showing you around the display in the new pavilion.