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Agreement with Lilium to supply the fuselage and wings of its electric air taxi
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Lilium , an aviation company that develops thefully electricvertical take-off and landing ( eVTOL ) aircraft for regional air mobility service, and Aciturri, a leading supplier of aerostructures and aircraft engine components, announced a long-term agreement for the construction of the fuselage and wings of the Lilium Jet.

The agreement constitutes an important step in the development of the prototypes prior to the serial production of the Lilium Jet and confirms Aciturri's access to a new market segment, that of urban air mobility, in which it will be able to contribute its experience and knowledge accumulated in the design and manufacture of aerostructures for various programs of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.

Aciturri will assume the production of the primary composite material structures of the Lilium Jet, using materials supplied by Toray Industries, a firm with which Lilium has an agreement to supply carbon fibre composite material.

The agreement allows combining the experience of the Lilium engineering team with the capacity and knowledge of Aciturri in the manufacture of complex aerostructures. Both teams will work together on a bespoke design, taking into account the industrialisation of the manufacturing process, the design of the complex fuselage structure, as well as the integrated canards and wing structures that support the aircraft's propulsion systems.

Yves Yemsi, Lilium Program Manager, commented: "During my 16 years at Airbus, I have seen first-hand the capabilities of Aciturri to design and produce complex composite structures for commercial aircraft, with very demanding quality standards. Few companies in the world dominate the design and manufacture of structures. Aerospace composite materials such as Aciturri. For this reason, the company is an ideal partner for Lilium, as we follow our strategy of working with the best first-tier aerospace suppliers. This is imperative as we manage production risk reduction of our aircraft. We are delighted to have Aciturri on board as we prepare for prototyping and mass production ahead of our commercial launch. "

Alvaro Fernandez Baragano, General Director of Aciturri, commented: "We seek innovation in everything we do, and Lilium is no exception. We approached this agreement with the aim of supporting Lilium in achieving its vision of giving life to a unique project. This long-term partnership allows us to collaborate from the beginning of the project, but also later, exploring new methods and advanced technologies that will help to ensure production with the highest quality standards and on an increasing scale. "

Contact details from our directory:
Aciturri Manufacturing Aircraft Structural Components, Fabricating Services, Fairings, Fuselage Sections, Metal Structures, Composite Structures, Precision Machined Parts, Wings, Empennages
Lilium GmbH Airframer
Toray Industries, Inc. Composite Manufacturing Services, Carbon-reinforced Composites, Prepreg
Related aircraft programs:
Lilium Lilium Jet
Related directory sectors:
Airframe Assemblies