CTAL opens new composite aero-engine parts facility

Mark Prisk MP, business and enterprise minister, has opened a facility that will develop new composite aero-engine components.

The facility has been developed by CTAL, a joint venture between Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace, to pilot pioneering manufacturing processes for aero-engine fan blades and fan-cases made of composite materials.

CTAL’s £14.8m facility will employ 70 engineers on the Isle of Wight and has been supported with £7.4m in funding from the UK government.