Boeing expands composites manufacturing JV in Malaysia

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Boeing and Hexcel have expanded their joint venture composites manufacturing facility in Malaysia to support increased production needs by the US airframer.

The expansion has added 125,000ft2 (11,600m2) – 40% more floor space – to the facility of Aerospace Composites Malaysia (ACM), formerly known as Asian Composites Manufacturing. The M$50 million ($15.6 million) investment by the two partners includes a clean room expansion of 11,000ft2 and the installation of M$14 million of new equipment.

“The added capacity is expected to be partially used to begin production of [Boeing] 787 fixed leading edge panels in 2014,” says US-based composites parts maker Hexcel.

With the added capacity, ACM is also expected to grow its manufacturing workforce beyond its current 950 employees.

Formed in 1998, ACM produces flight surfaces for all of Boeing’s commercial programmes. This includes producing aileron panels for the 747-8 and spoiler components and fixed leading edge panels for the 787 and 737NG.