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GKN Aerospace, East Cowes, secures another five year order for C-130J nacelles

GKN Aerospace in East Cowes has gained a multi-year follow on order, valued at approximately GBP280m, from Lockheed Martin for engine nacelles for the C-130J military airlifter. This new 5 year contract extension takes continuous manufacture at the facility through to 2018 – and well into its third decade.

The GKN Aerospace team at the Ferry Road facility is scheduled to supply 37 full aircraft nacelle sets this year - almost doubling previous annual production rates. In total, the site expects to supply 158 nacelles, including spares, during the remainder of this year and is confident of delivering 2000 nacelles by 2018. With these escalations in production rates, skilled employment on the new state of the art C-130J production line is set to treble by the end of 2011 – and will include a growing number of apprentices.

The C-130J nacelle has been in continuous production at the GKN Aerospace in East Cowes since 1996. Prior to that, the Company was a leading member of the UK Industrial Support Group and was responsible for design changes required in the move from the C-130H to the C-130J nacelle.

"As the launch customer for the C-130J the UK has always had a special place in the heart of this programme." said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin Vice President for C-130 Programmes. "Strong partnerships with UK suppliers, such as GKN Aerospace, are a critical element in the growing success of the world's most flexible and proven airlifter."

Jeff Armitage, Vice President and MD - Nacelles, GKN Aerospace, commented: "This is the second long term contract placed with us by Lockheed Martin for these nacelles – and is a customer relationship all the team at Cowes can be truly proud of. Over a decade and a half now, our relationship has seen us work together to great effect, continuously assessing processes, introducing improved practices and innovative technologies. And recently we have upgraded our production line to manufacture a better product, faster and even more efficiently for our customer. I would like to thank our entire C-130J team for their efforts and commitment to this important programme. "

Press release issued by GKN Aerospace on June 20, 2011


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