British Aerospace has introduced just-in-time deliveries of carbon fibre composite material at its Salmesbury Airbus plant, in a move that will allow it to do away with expensive refrigerated stock-holding of the material.
The move is a joint project between BAe and its supplier, Hexcel Composites, and will be incorporated into the Eurofighter procurement programme.
Previously, deliveries of six tonnes of carbon fibre were received monthly, and stored in a large fridge.
Under the new system, deliveries will be made twice a week direct to point of use, on returnable packaging. This also eliminates 24 skip loads of cardboard packaging per month.