GKN Aerospace Opens New Center of Excellence to Focus on Industry 4.0 Technologies
Today, GKN Aerospace announced that it is opening a new Global Technology Center in the United Kingdom. The center is being funded by a £17m commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15m commitment from the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute. It is expected to open in 2020 and will be 10,000 square meters, housing 300 engineers. The center will also include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.
The new center will focus on additive manufacturing, advanced composites, assembly and Industry 4.0 processes in order to enable the high rate production of aircraft structures. It will also serve as the base for GKN Aerospace’s technology partnership in Airbus’ “Wing of Tomorrow” technology program, as well as new additive manufacturing programs.
GKN Aerospace has several Centers of Technical Excellence around the world. Each one has its own specific technology focus, such as additive manufacturing, thermoplastics and smart aero-engine systems. The centers are all supported and linked by a clear digital strategy.
Along with GKN Aerospace and the Aerospace Technology Institute, collaboration partners at the new Global Technology Center include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Additive Industries B.V., ANSYS UK Limited, ATS Applied Tech Systems Limited, Centre for Modelling & Simulation, Digital Catapult, KUKA Industries UK Limited, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Materialise UK Limited, National Composites Centre, PXL Realm, Thales UK Limited, University of Bath, University of Bristol and University of Sheffield.
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December 6, 2018 at 02:30PM