Birmingham-based Haden Drysys International has won a £17m turnkey contract to design, construct, equip and commission a wing anodising facility at British Aerospace Airbus’ Broughton plant.
The 20,000sq m facility will be housed in a 19m high building, and will be capable of handling new Airbus wings up to 33m long. The process will be fully automated, using a computer-controlled crane of a maximum payload of 4 tonnes to manoeuvre aircraft components through the facility. This will replace an existing manual operation which cannot cope with the volume or size of the new, larger Airbus wings.
The facility, scheduled for completion by next March, will be capable of processing up to 35 loads per day