KHI starts construction on new 787 facility

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has started the construction of a new factory in Nagoya to build parts for the Boeing 787.

The 60,000m² (646,000ft²) facility is located alongside its existing 787 plants, and construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. Once complete, the facility will have equipment including an autoclave, a trim and drill machine, and an automatic fastening machine.

KHI says the new facility will allow it to meet growing demand for the 787-8 and -9, and to prepare for production of the -10 variant.

The company is a key partner in the 787 programme, and is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of the aircraft’s forward fuselage, main landing gear wheel well and fixed trailing edges.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that there are 108 787s in service, with a further 907 on order.