Hegan members involved in first A350 XWB Qatar Airways delivery

Hegan members involved in first A350 XWB Qatar Airways delivery
Hegan members involved in first A350 XWB Qatar Airways delivery

Hegan, the aerospace cluster of the Basque Country has announced that a total of 32 of its associate companies are taking part in the production of the A350 XWB

With the delivery of the first A350 XWB to the launch customer Qatar Airways, Hegan, the aerospace cluster of the Basque Country has announced that a total of 32 of its associate companies - including tier 1 suppliers Aciturri, Aernnova, Alestis and ITP - are taking part in the production of the A350 XWB, which is expected to come into operation in mid-January between the airports of Doha (Qatar) and Frankfurt.
Through the provision of work packages as risk partners as well as engineering, services and miscellaneous components, our associate members have strengthened their reputation as technological companies. In total, Airbus has 778 orders for this new aircraft including 80 contracted by the Gulf airline. Over the last four years, Hegan's tier 1 companies estimate that they have invested around €700 million in development engineering and the setting up of industrial installations built in order to develop the A350XWB project. The large work packages carried out for this aircraft have led to the creation of 4000 jobs and a turnover of more than $10,000m dollars throughout the lifetime of the programme. It has also boosted the development of the auxiliary industry, as more than 75% of Hegan's associate companies are working on this programme, either directly for Airbus or through national or foreign tier 1 suppliers. This participation has been in the form of design and engineering as well as materials, tooling, manufacture, heat treatments, testing and logistics, virtually the entire supply chain. <Aerostructures> Four of Hegan's partners are currently engaged in the production of this aircraft, built by Airbus, supplying large work packages in the areas of aerostructures and engines. Aernnova and Alestis were the first companies to clinch macro-contracts for a total value of $4,000m dollars for the manufacture of carbon fibre components and structures over the next 30 years, thus becoming tier 1 suppliers and risk partners in this model. Aernnova has worked on the design and manufacture of the horizontal stabiliser, the elevator and the MLGB Rear Bulkhead, as well as the manufacture of the rudder and the design of the trailing edge of the wing. For its part, Alestis is working on the design and manufacture of the belly fairing and section 19.1 (the tail cone). Likewise, another Spanish tier 1 company, Aciturri, specialises in the manufacture of carbon fibre aerostructures is in charge of the complete development of the vertical tail plane (VTP) of the A350 XWB. Aciturri joined this project with a contract for the internal structure of section 19 (the area where the fuselage is joined to the vertical and horizontal stabilisers). Both work packages could have a value of €1,600m throughout the lifetime of the programme. The contribution made by the company Reductia Aerospace, formed by two Hegan members (Burdinberri and Aratz) and the firms Jupasa and Inmapa, has also been noteworthy and has allowed them to carry out tooling turnkey packages for the A350 XWB. The contribution of the SMEs and technological groups that perform key jobs in this programme is extremely important. These companies include Altran, Astorkia, Burulan, CTA, EYHER, Novalti, Matrici, Metraltec, SENER, Sisteplant and Tecnalia. <Engine components> In the engines area, the ITP Group and Rolls-Royce signed a contract according to which the first became a supply partner for the design, manufacture and assembly of the Low-Pressure Turbine (LPT) for the Trent XWB, the only engine certified for this aircraft at this time, as well as the rear structure of the engine, representing 4,900m in turnover during the engine's service life. Also with regard to engines, the agreements signed by Metrología Sariki and ITP mean that the Gipuzkoa-based company, specialised in advanced metrology solutions, will collaborate over the next three years on improving the three-dimensional metrological inspection processes of the Group and the supply of the new equipment that the aeronautics turbine manufacturer will purchase for controlling its components for the Trent XWB. For its part, Danobat Group will supply the ITP Group, Rolls-Royce and other specialised grinding companies for the manufacture of shafts, housings and other components of the turbine rotor and for the manufacture of the landing gear. Likewise, it will supply grinding machines and measuring systems for maintaining the rotor blades of the aircraft's turbines. Also in this engine segment, the work performed by Aciturri, Aibe, Altran, Electrohilo, Industrias Galindo, Novalti, Nuter, Siegel and WEC is also worthy of note. <Systems> Another major area is systems and equipment, for which the Gipuzkoa-based company DMP has signed a contract with the French company Messier-Bugatti-Dowty to supply the shock absorbing system for the main landing gear of 475 A350 aircraft for an amount of €15m. In this area, the company, Nuter, also forms part of the value chain. Likewise, other, highly experienced suppliers such as the heat treatment companies Ayzar, Grupo TTT, Nivac and Tey; the raw materials supplier Mesima; the aeronautics logistics specialist LTK Grupo, entrusted with all the logistics for the A350 XWB for Alestis; and CTA, responsible for the main landing gear actuator tests, as well as aerostructures, are also playing an important part in the programme. <The Hegan cluster> Today, the Hegan Aeronautics and Space Cluster Association is made up of 41 entities: Aernnova, Grupo ITP and SENER as founding members; the companies and business groups Aciturri, Aeromec, Aerospace Engineering Group, Aibe, Alestis, Alfa Precision Casting, Altran, Aratz, Astorkia, Ayzar, Bost Machine Tool Company , Burdinberri, Burulan, Danobat Group, DMP, DYFA, EYHER, Electrohilo, Grupo TTT, Industrias Galindo, LTK Grupo, Matrici, Mesima, Metraltec, Nivac, Novalti, Nuter, Orbital Aerospace Systems, Sariki, Siegel, Sisteplant, Tecnasa, Tey, Tamoin and WEC; and the technological organisations CTA, IK4 and Tecnalia. Together, these organisations have created 12,418 direct jobs in plants located throughout the world and 50,000 jobs if indirect jobs are added to this total. In 2013, they attained a turnover of €1,720m with exports valued at €1,100m and allocated €166m to R&D investments. The Cluster's associate members have 24 plants abroad (Germany, Brazil, China, USA, India, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, GB and Rumania) of the total of 141 existing installations. www.hegan.com

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