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Demag Cranes and Components, a lifting-equipment specialist, has won a EUR4.4m (GBP3.8m) contract to supply crane systems for a new Airbus facility at Broughton, North Wales.

The new 52,300m2 factory will house a composite-wing assembly line for the Airbus A350 XWB wide-bodied aircraft, which is scheduled to enter service in 2013.

Demag will install 12 multi-span suspension cranes, four of which are rated at 10 tonne SWL and eight rated at 12.5 tonne SWL.

The cranes have spans of between 16.5 and 17.5m.

Demag will also install two 10-tonne SWL double-girder overhead travelling cranes with 27.67m spans.

The radio-controlled crane systems will operate in pairs for the tandem lifting of composite-wing systems between various workstations during the manufacturing process.

Frequency inverter control in all motions will ensure precise positioning accuracy and eliminate load sway.

The first crane system will be delivered to the Broughton site in October 2009; installations of the remaining cranes are planned at the rate of one per month.

The project is scheduled for completion during the fourth quarter of 2010.

The contract for the supply of lifting equipment to the new facility at Broughton is the result of a global tender for the A350 XWB manufacturing project, which will also involve the installation of Demag cranes at Airbus production facilities in Hamburg and Nordenham, Germany.

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