Bombardier completes first phase of CSeries wing facility

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Bombardier Aerospace has completed the first phase of construction of its 600,000sqft (55,742sqm) CSeries composite wing factory, part of a £520 million ($817 million) investment in Belfast, UK.

The new facility will design, manufacture and integrate the composite wings for the CSeries aircraft, including flight control surfaces and high-lift systems. Manufacturing and assembly work is due to begin in 2011.

The first phase of the new building incorporates a production area, a "clean room" area and an area for tool storage.

Major items of equipment, including a fabric cutter, multiple axis machine cell, pre-formers and autoclave are currently being installed and commissioned in preparation for production of the aircraft's wings.

Bombardier's Belfast operation has developed technology to manufacture the large, one-piece wing skins and structural spars for the wing torque box. It has manufactured and assembled a pre-production demonstrator wing, which has been successfully tested, says the company.