Airbus selects supplier for A320 assembly fixtures in Mobile

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Comau Aerospace will supply fixtures and testing equipment for the Airbus A320 family aircraft at a new final assembly plant under construction in Mobile, Alabama.

Michigan-based Comau will supply the steel fixtures that hold the major aircraft sections as they are being assembled, Airbus says. The fixture also houses the tooling and automatic drilling units that are used to assemble the major sections into the finished aircraft.

Comau hopes the contract will lead to further opportunities in the aerospace business.

“This opportunity will certainly enhance our relationship with Airbus as well as our position in the aerospace industry as a whole,” says Brad Pelachyk, chief operating officer of Comau Aerospace.

Comau also provides tooling and test stations for the fixed leading edge of the Airbus A350 at a Spirit AeroSystems factory in Prestwick, Scotland.

Airbus plans to begin assembling A319s, A320s and A321s for North American customers in Mobile in 2015. It should produce between 40 and 50 aircraft per year by 2018.