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Gulfstream confirms GKN as contractor for latest jets
Thursday, 13 January 2022
GKN is a long-standing supplier of empennages, fuselage panels, floorboards, rudders and wing skins for Gulfstream's long-range models, and this new agreement further extends that participation.

GKN Aerospace has been selected as a supplier for Gulfstream's new G800 and G400 business jets, and will design and manufacture empennages and other aerostructures.

The rudder and elevators from the empennage, in addition to the floorboards, will all feature the latest thermoplastic technology. GKN Aerospace also produces the metal bonded fuselage panels for the body of the new G800, as well as the aluminium machined wing skins for the G400.

A team of experts from GKN Aerospace has joined the Gulfstream engineering team in the design process. Production will ultimately take place in facilities in Papendrecht and Hoogeveen in the Netherlands, Chihuahua in Mexico, and Wellington in the US.

This agreement is a continuation of the long-term business relationship between Gulfstream and GKN Aerospace. GKN's Fokker business began participating in Gulfstream's business jet programs in 1993. Over that time, GKN has built a market leading position in business jet empennages as proven in the design and manufacture of empennages for many Gulfstream large and ultra-large cabin aircraft, as well as for other business jets customers. Current involvement in Gulfstream jets include the empennage on G650 and G700, fuselage panels on G650 and G700, floorboards on G650 and G700, rudder on G500 and G600 and wing skins on G500 and G600.

John Pritchard, President Civil Airframe of GKN Aerospace, explains: "We are excited to be selected again as a key supplier on Gulfstream's next generation of business jets and we truly value this partnership of almost 30 years. Our advanced lightweight thermoplastic technology offers a sustainable solution for aircraft structural components. Together with Gulfstream, we look forward to continuing to shape the future of flight."

Contact details from our directory:
GKN - Fokker Aerostructures Aircraft Control Surfaces, Aircraft Doors, Aircraft Flooring, Composite Structures, Electrical Wire & Cable, Empennages, Engineering Design Services, Fairings, Fuselage Sections, Gearboxes, Laminates, Thermoplastics, Wing Flaps, Wings, Wire Harnesses
GKN Aerospace Precision Machining Fabricating Services, Machining Services, Metal & Alloy Fabrications
Fokker Technologies Empennages
Fokker Aerostructures Mexico Aircraft Structural Components, Empennages
Related aircraft programs:
Gulfstream G700
Gulfstream G400
Related directory sectors:
Airframe Assemblies