Hampson awarded $380 million Eclipse contract

The UK’s Hampson Industries was today awarded $380 million to manufacture the empennage assembly for Eclipse Aviation Corporation’s Eclipse 500 jet.

Eclipse Aviation Corporation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 jet, and the UK’s Hampson Industries today announced a contract under which Hampson will manufacture the empennage assembly for the Eclipse 500 jet. The contract has an estimated value of $380 million.

Under the contract, Hampson’s Aerospace Fabrications & Assemblies Division will assemble the complete empennage structure of the aircraft, including component parts and large stretch-formed components. Completed assemblies will be delivered direct to Eclipse Aviation’s manufacturing facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a ‘just-in-time’ basis.

Hampson will supply assemblies for pre-production aircraft in 2004, followed by an expected build up in support of Eclipse’s production plans from 2006 onwards.

‘The Hampson team has demonstrated strong expertise in structural part fabrication and component assembly, proven knowledge of production logistics, and an ability to scale their manufacturing to support our high volume production,’ said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.