Alenia to explore Canadian opportunities for its composite and carbon-fibre technologies
March 23, 2009, Ottawa – Alenia North America – Canada is showcasing the composite and carbon fibre manufacturing technology of Alenia Aeronautica Group to Canadian aerospace companies and government officials this week.
March 23, 2009, Ottawa – Alenia North America – Canada is showcasing the composite and carbon fibre manufacturing technology of Alenia Aeronautica Group to Canadian aerospace companies and government officials this week. Alenia, a Finmeccanica company, is a global leader in the development, use and industrial processes of composite materials.
“Alenia is pleased to participate in this mission. We look forward to exhibiting our world-class capabilities in aircraft manufacturing,” said Marcello Cianciaruso, Senior VP, Canadian Programs, of Alenia North America – Canada. “It is our hope that our participation in this mission will lead to new relationships and partnerships with Canadian aerospace companies.”
Claudio Voto, Alenia Aeronautica’s Aerostructure Research Manager, is participating in this mission, which is visiting aerospace companies and government facilities in Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa through March 27, 2009. “We plan to exhibit our development on our programs and the exciting future trends of this technology,” said Mr. Voto. “We hope to develop a common vision that will open doors to industrial partnerships with Canadian industry and research centers.”
Alenia has over 20 years of experience in composites technology, including wingbox manufacturing for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF); design and manufacturing of about 10% of the Boeing 767; the production of one of the two composite wings and the rear fuselage of the multinational Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighter; and the all-composite tailplane of the ATR 42 and 72, the world’s most successful regional turboprop airplane.
At the Grottaglie site, located in Southern Italy, Alenia created a plant specifically for the revolutionary manufacturing technologies that produce massive, single-piece fuselage barrels for Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner”, a breakthrough in aircraft manufacturing. Alenia is also responsible for the design, testing, and manufacturing of the horizontal stabilizers, the largest single composite structure on the 787. Alenia’s North American joint venture, Global
Aeronautica, located in South Carolina, carries out the integration and assembly of approximately 60% of the 787’s carbon composite fuselage.
Alenia is now proposing its C-27J Spartan multi-mission aircraft as Canada’s next Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft. The C-27J is the best selling multirole military airlifter, with 121 units ordered, and recently selected as the U.S. Army-Air Force Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA). Orders to date, follow-on contracts, as well as international, foreign military and variant sales are expected to extend orders for the C-27J to more than 200 aircraft over the next 10 years.
The C-27J has a number of composite components such as nacelles, wing nacelle fairings, radar radome and the tail cone. Future development sees millions of dollars in additional composite components being introduced into the C-27J, work on which Canadian companies have an opportunity to participate, said Mr. Cianciaruso. “Alenia not only looks forward to working with Canadian industry on programs that directly support the Canadian FWSAR program, but also to collaborating with Canadian companies on major global aerospace programs,” said Mr. Cianciaruso.
About Alenia North America
Alenia North America is a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and part of the Finmeccanica Group. Its mission is to further expand the industrial and commercial presence of the Alenia Group in North America. Alenia North America Inc. is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Seattle, Washington; Long Beach, California; Smyrna, Georgia; and Fort Worth, Texas. Alenia North America – Canada, a subsidiary wholly owned by Alenia North America, has offices in Ottawa, Canada. Alenia North America is also a shareholder in several joint venture companies located in the United States. Global Aeronautica, a joint venture with The Boeing Company, located in North Charleston, South Carolina, and performs significant integration and sub assembly work for the Boeing 787 program. Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS), a joint venture with L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, is a center of excellence to support the C-27J in North America. GMAS is headquartered in Madison, Mississippi. Alenia North America has recently announced its intent to establish a new final assembly and production facility for the C-27J in the United States. The C-27J is the world leader in the twin engine military tactical aircraft market with 117 units sold worldwide. The C-27J was recently selected by the U.S. Army and Air Force for the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) Program.