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MAG expands Airbus role with order for two VIPER® automated fiber placement systems from Germany's Premium Aerotech

MAG Industrial Automation Systems has received an order for two VIPER® automated fiber placement systems to support production of the Airbus A350XWB at the plants of Germany's Premium Aerotech. The two systems, valued at more than $12 million, will be shipped in 2011, joining six others already installed at, or soon to be shipped to, various European factories in the Airbus supply chain.

"This order further validates MAG's role as the supplier of choice for automated fiber placement systems within the Airbus supply chain," said Randy Kappesser, Vice President and General Manager, MAG Composites Technologies. "While our composites expertise originated in the U.S., the growing number of installations we have outside the Americas allowed us to open a new composite technology center in 2009 in Göppingen, Germany. This materially enhanced our ability to win this order, as well as provide better support to customers in Europe and Asia as we go forward."

Dr. Dieter Meiners, COO at Premium Aerotech, added, "We are glad to expand our cooperation with MAG on the basis of this new project, and will enjoy the convenience of having a new technology center close to our locations."

MAG pioneered automated composites processing for building aerostructures, and its systems are widely used in major worldwide aircraft programs, with over 125 installations globally. In addition to offering the fastest production proven composites machines, MAG has an extensive global footprint with 24 facilities providing system build and integration, processing expertise, and service for its broad range of machine tools and automated systems. Fifteen of these facilities are located in the European and Asian regions, close to the rapidly growing base of customers there.

Premium Aerotech was created in 2009 with the spinoff of three German plants in Nordenham, Varel and Augsburg owned by Airbus and its parent, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. As part of Airbus' program to cut production costs and develop risk sharing partnerships with other firms, Premium Aerotech has been given contracts to work on the composites-intensive A350XWB wide-body plane.

Press release issued by Fives Machining Systems, Inc. on June 28, 2010

 

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Fives Machining Systems, Inc. Composite Manufacturing Supplies, Boring Equipment, Lathes, Machining Systems, Cutting Equipment, Cutting Tools, Composite Tape Lay-down, Grinding, Laminating Equipment, Gantries, Drilling Equipment, Routing, Milling, Numeric Control Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, Systems Integration
Premium AEROTEC GmbH Fuselage Sections, Aircraft Flooring, Aircraft Doors, Flap/Slat Mechanisms, Aircraft Structural Components, Prototyping, Aircraft Interior Bulkheads, Aircraft Landing Gear, Final Assembly, Plant Automation Equipment, Additive Manufacturing

 

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Airbus A350 XWB

 

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