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GKN Aerospace opens Alabama composite design engineering center

LONDON, England — GKN Aerospace announced today that it has opened a new composite design engineering center at its Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) facility in Alabama, enhancing the capabilities of the Elmore County operation that serves major North America-based manufacturers.

GKN Aerospace officials joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and state economic development leaders for today’s announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow, the premier trade show for the aerospace industry.

GKN Aerospace said the center at the Tallassee facility extends its global engineering strength, providing additional expertise in the design and build of major composite structures and assemblies for aircraft and helicopter new customer programs.

The center expands the established design for manufacturing (DFM) operation at the ACS facility. Working with customers such as HondaJet, Bell Helicopter, and Airbus, the Alabama operation has achieved improvements in manufacturing speed, reliability and cost for critical structures on a variety of aircraft programs.

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