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  • dontdropyourlunch dontdropyourlunch Jan 14, 2013 10:59 AM Flag

    What is BA's intention with composites?

    BA did a press release that it bought a building in Utah to make some composites for the 787-9. Is it BA's intention to bring more carbon fiber composites in house? I just wonder if that is financially wise for BA to get into.

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    • from the seattle times:

      Boeing officials say they are opening a third factory the Salt Lake City area to fabricate a tail piece for the Boeing 787.
      Boeing is taking over a factory originally built by KraftMaid Cabinetry in the Salt Lake suburb of West Jordan.
      Boeing has 575 employees in Utah and says it will add 100 more.
      Boeing is based in Chicago and assembles the 787 in Seattle but has had operations in Utah for 25 years. It makes flight deck parts, has a paint shop and assembles the 787's vertical tail fin at other locations near Salt Lake's airport.
      In West Jordan, Boeing will make horizontal stabilizers for the aircraft's tail.

    • The article says they will be building plane components using fiber complosites, not making the composites themselves. They already build some plane components at a nearby facility.

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