Heroux-Devtex completes final assembly of Boeing 777 landing gear
Héroux-Devtek Inc. has announced it has completed the final assembly of the pre-production shipset for the Boeing 777 landing gear. This event represents an important milestone in the corporation's preparation to execute a long-term contract to supply The Boeing Company (Boeing) with complete landing gear systems for the Boeing 777 and 777X aircraft.
The final assembly was performed at the Corporation’s new facility in Everett, Wash., located in close proximity to Boeing’s aircraft assembly plant. Prior to this phase, sub-assembly work was carried out at the Strongsville, Ohio facility, while the Cambridge, Ont.; Laval, Qué.; and Springfield, Ohio plants executed the production of complex components. The Longueuil, Qué. facility also provided support through its surface treatment expertise. Furthermore, Héroux-Devtek successfully managed a wide supply network comprised of many key product and service providers.
“Finalizing the pre-production shipset for the Boeing 777 landing gear is a major step forward for Héroux-Devtek, as it clearly demonstrates our world-class capabilities in manufacturing large-scale, complete landing gear systems. We are also very pleased to progress as per our planned schedule. The 777 has been a longstanding strategic program for Héroux-Devtek and continued success in executing the largest landing gear contract in our history will further strengthen the business relationship between the two organizations,” said Gilles Labbé, president and chief executive officer of Héroux-Devtek.
“Héroux-Devtek is proud to successfully complete this critical preparation phase, which validates our important investments in highly-automated, leading-edge machinery and equipment. We congratulate all Héroux-Devtek team members involved on the project and we extend our gratitude to our valued suppliers and partners for their contribution on this key achievement. The constant support of the Boeing personnel is also very significant, as we work closely together on reaching our goals. We are looking forward to production ramp-up and to meet production requirements associated to deliveries scheduled to begin in early calendar 2017,” added Martin Brassard, vice-president and chief operating officer of Héroux-Devtek.
“The opening of Héroux-Devtek’s new facility in Everett is another example of the continuing positive economic impact of Boeing’s investments in the Puget Sound region,” said Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. “As a new landing-gear supplier for the 777 and 777X programs, we’re pleased Héroux-Devtek has completed its pre-production landing gear five weeks ahead of schedule. Developing strong new suppliers is an important component of Boeing’s long-term competitiveness.”