FACC, AeroKomposit will begin Russian factory build this year

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Austrian composite specialist FACC and joint venture partner AeroKomposit will begin construction of their €55 million ($79 million) Russian facility before the end of 2011, with production due to start in mid-2013.

The plant will be located in Kazan, approximately 730km (450mi) east of Moscow, and initially focus on wing and tail components for the Sukhoi Superjet 100.

This is later to be extended to the Irkut MS-21 and future Russian aircraft programmes. In a second phase, the site will also manufacture composite components for Western airframers, FACC said.

AeroKomposit, a subsidiary of Russia's United Aircraft, is the majority shareholder with a 51% stake in the company. FACC will initially hold 24% but this is later to be increased to 40%, subject to regulatory approval.

The remaining 9% will be held by the regional government of Tatarstan.

FACC has been partnering with AeroKomposit for a number of years. Apart from the wing and tail components for the Superjet, which are currently being manufactured in Austria, the two companies are supplying cabin and cargo compartment installations for the regional aircraft.

In 2009, FACC won the contract to develop the wing box for the MS-21. The Ried-based company is majority-owned (90%) by China's Xian Aircraft (XAC).