COMAC selects MAG’s Charger composite tape layer

MAG says it has expanded its presence in the Chinese aerospace industry with the sale of the first composite processing system from a US company.

The new Charger low-rail gantry contour tape layer, to be installed in Shanghai, will produce wings, horizontal stabilisers and central wing boxes for COMAC’s C919 and C929 commercial passenger jets, slated to enter service in 2016.

According to Chip Storie, MAG executive vice-president aerospace: “This sale of the first US-made automated tape layer for the Chinese market builds on MAG’s successes in China’s growing aerospace industry. Shanghai Aircraft already has dozens of MAG machine tools in production in its manufacturing operation. This further solidifies MAG as the premier supplier of advanced manufacturing equipment for commercial aerospace production in China.”

Shanghai Aircraft is the major production facility of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC). This tape layer will be installed in the new COMAC Pudong composite facility.

“The Chinese aerospace industry is booming, and this sale is a breakthrough for US machinery exports in general and MAG in particular,” Storie added. “We are highly encouraged about the potential for follow up sales, where our global reach as an integrated supplier of composites and metal cutting solutions offers customers advantages in engineering and local service support through our Shanghai tech centre.”

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