A newly-declared wing development and test centre will expand Airbus’ “footprint” in the UK, while providing functional space for the company and its partners to develop new ideas for a broad range of applications. This facility, which is to open its doors in 2017, located on Airbus’ existing Filton site will be an advanced development and testing centre for large structural parts, housing some 300 highly-skilled engineers. In addition, it will have an “open door” policy where external organisations can make use of the equipment and laboratory space – providing a benefit that extends across and beyond Airbus.
Facility General Manager and Human Resources Director Mark Stewart said the wing development and test centre has been “specifically designed to provide the most advanced working environment and tools for Airbus, our suppliers, our partners and academia to deliver the next generation of aircraft wing, landing gear system and fuel system designs.”
The new facility will house engineers working in early-stage research right through to in-service aircraft improvements, while a team from Airbus Group Innovations – the corporate-level research and technology network, which also will call the building home – is to focus on emerging technologies.