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ASCO has been selected by Airbus to provide long and complex frames on the new version of the A350XWB-1000

ASCO, world leader in design and manufacturing of high lift device mechanisms, complex mechanical assemblies and major functional components for the aerospace industry, signed with Airbus a long term contract for the production of hybrid complex frames to equip the center wing box structure of the A350XWB-1000 aircraft that is scheduled to enter into service mid 2017.

The frames are made out of titanium and CFRP (Composite Fiber Reinforced Plastic). The combination of these two materials will allow significant improvement in weight and overall mechanical performance.

It is the first time that this type of hybrid enhanced technology is used in such application thanks to a successful long lasting cooperation between Airbus and ASCO. “Close communication and responsiveness to our client has been critical to achieve the industrialisation and manufacturing of the parts”, said Pierre Willemens, project manager at ASCO.

ASCO has been delivering large and complex machined parts to Airbus for more than 30 years and for the past 10 years, ASCO has been developing new hybrid as well as entirely composite solutions for aerostructure applications. Now, with these hybrid parts, ASCO goes a step further in the integration of composites in aerostructures. “Our objective is really to accompany our customers with innovative technologies and solutions. What is more, we are very proud to participate in the newest version of the successful A350XWB-1000 aircraft” said Laurent Canoen, Chief Commercial Officer of the ASCO group.

Indeed, these new frames add to ASCO's experience in the design and production of CFRP components and set a key milestone in the expansion of our successful experience in hybrid parts.

The complex hybrid frames will be produced in Zaventem, Belgium.

The award of the contract constitutes recognition by Airbus of ASCO's capabilities in production of hybrid aerostructure components for the aerospace industry and pride for ASCO.

Press release issued by ASCO Aerospace Canada on May 19, 2016

 

 Contact details from our directory:
ASCO Aerospace Canada Controlled Machinery, Fuselage Sections

 

 Related aircraft programs:
Airbus A350 XWB

 

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