Composite Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) expects to clinch a contract to produce wing parts for the Airbus A380 by the end of May, as Airbus steps up efforts to finalise supplier agreements on the ultra-large airliner.

Malaysian government-owned CTRM has, meanwhile, delivered its first trailing-edge panels for the A320 narrowbody.

A team of seven engineers from CTRM subsidiary Excelnet has been working with Airbus in the UK since late last year on the preliminary design of composite leading-edge lower wing panels for the A380, says the Malaysian company. The wing panels will be manufactured by CTRM subsidiary, Aero Composite Technologies, in Malacca.

Meanwhile, Belgian aircraft manufacturer Sonaca has signed a contract worth g750 million ($680 million) with Airbus to produce leading edge slats for the A380 wings.

Source: Flight International