Operator at Fokker Elmo China
“Fokker is an excellent strategic and cultural t which supports our growth strategy, strengthening GKN Aerospace’s market leadership, manufacturing footprint and technology. This transaction will increase our shipset value on key growth programmes in both the commercial and military markets, and integration is now under way.”
Nigel Stein Chief Executive
Expanding manufacturing in China
Fokker has been active in China for more than 15 years, having established a joint-venture facility in Langfang in 1997 employing more than 900 people. The Langfang facility supplies advanced wiring systems and electrical panels and boxes to most of the leading commercial aircra and aircra engine programmes worldwide for customers including Airbus, Boeing and Rolls-Royce. In 2012, Fokker broadened its portfolio by signing a contract with Shanghai Aircra Design and Research Institute, a subsidiary of Commercial Aircra Corporation of China Ltd, to work together on the electrical wiring and interconnection system for China’s rst commercial regional aircra , the ARJ21.
Operator working on the Airbus A380 composite outboard flap in Papendrecht
Operator working on Glare® fuselage panel for the Airbus A380 at Fokker in Papendrecht
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (photo by Kevin Gri n)
Bringing new technology with Glare®
Glare® is short for glass- bre reinforced aluminium – a revolutionary lightweight material, also known as FML ( bre metal laminate). It is a laminate of thin aluminium together with resin epoxy in a sandwich with layers of glass bre. The material is about 25% lighter than aluminium and has much better fatigue resistance as well as improved impact tolerance. Fokker worked closely with the Technical University of Del and the Dutch national aerospace laboratory in developing Glare®, then partnered with Airbus to deliver Glare® on the Airbus A380, reducing weight by almost 25% compared with traditional material. The A380’s upper fuselage has a covering of nearly 500m2 – 27 Glare® panels up to 11 metres long – while Glare® is also used on the leading edge of the vertical n and on the horizontal stabiliser.
Adding content on Joint Strike Fighter
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth h generation multirole ghters. Fokker has been part of the F-35 programme since 2002, and has designed and manufactured the electrical wiring interconnection systems, flaperons, in-flight opening doors, titanium engine parts and arresting gear for all F-35 aircra currently flying and in production. Fokker has since been awarded the contract for the drag chute fairing assembly, and the next phase development contract for the composite drag brace. Customers in the F-35 programme are Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and UTAS.
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