Boeing has awarded UK-based GKN Aerospace a multi-year production contract to supply lightweight titanium thrust links for the 747-8 and for both engine variants of the 787.
GKN Aerospace says it has developed advanced welding techniques that have enabled the production of these close tolerance welded titanium structures.
The company is investing in a dedicated production cell sited at its El Cajon, California operation which will undertake the manufacture of these items.
In addition, thrust link end fittings are being machined at the company's Mexicali site in Mexico.
GKN Aerospace is manufacturing propulsion system components in titanium and other metals for Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce.