Company invests in Airbus cell

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

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(2000), "Company invests in Airbus cell", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/aeat.2000.12772cab.022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Company invests in Airbus cell

Keywords Hampson Industries, Avionics Components, Manufacturing, Components

The chairman of Hampson Industries plc, Ray Way, has officially opened a new manufacturing cell costing almost £1 million at Avionic Components Limited, the group's Coventry-based subsidiary (Plate 2). The cell is to manufacture complex wing leading edge components for Airbus Industrie aircraft.

Plate 2 Ray Way, Hampson Industries plc chairman, cuts the tape to open a new manufacturing cell at Coventry-based subsidiary Avionic Components Limited

Establishing the cell has required the leasing and refurbishing of two additional unit buildings next to the existing manufacturing site and the purchase of a number of state-of-the-art machine tools.

In opening the cell, accompanied by other senior Hampson directors, Mr Way said:

Hampson Industries recognises that to win business we must apply the latest technology and we are continually seeking new methods to bring economies and speed to a demanding marketplace. The new cell will enable Avionic Components to focus upon this need for Europe's leading aircraft manufacturer.

The cell is divided to allow aluminium and ferrous material machining to be carried out separately and three Hartford high-speed CNC vertical machining centres and a Bridgeport eight-pallet, four-axis horizontal CNC machining centre are complemented by a Hitachi Seiki Hi-Cell CNC mill/lathe with live tooling for fine-tolerance turned parts.