Successful Partnership Contributes to Composites Manufacturing Jobs
DULLES, Va.Sep. 20, 2016--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, and Airbus Americas today celebrated a significant
milestone in their successful partnership of working together to support
air transport customers around the world, and marked the successful
completion of the 100,000th composite part in support of the
A350 XWB program. The 100,000 composite stringers and frames, the
equivalent of more than 140 ship sets, demonstrate Orbital ATK s ability
to meet customers high quality standards and delivery requirements.
Airbus A350 automated stiffener forming facility at Orbital ATK s Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) in Clearfield, Utah. (Photo: Business Wire)
Steve Earl, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK Aerospace
Structures, Geoffrey Pinner, Senior Vice President - Head of A350 XWB
Central Program Management, and Joe Marcheschi, Director of Procurement
at Airbus Americas, joined several U.S., state and local dignitaries,
including Director of Aerospace and Defense Cluster of the Utah
Governor s Office of Economic Development, Marshall Wright, and
Clearfield City Mayor, Mark Shepherd, to celebrate both the milestone
and the successful partnership with employees.
This is not only another significant milestone in our long-term
partnership with Airbus on the A350 XWB program, it is also an
accomplishment that supports composite manufacturing in Utah as Orbital
ATK expects to add hundreds of jobs over the next 20 years, said Earl.
With the advanced technology and hands-on training we offer, these
positions will provide an opportunity to develop high-tech skills to
build a long-term career in the aerospace industry. We are proud of our
state-of-the-art build technology, excellent demonstrated program
execution performance, our great team and our long term successful
partnership with Airbus.
Pinner stated, As of the end of August, we have delivered 36 A350 XWB,
with an additional 810 on order. Orbital ATK s ability to provide high
quality parts is an important part of our supply chain and ramp-up. We
are proud of the contributions from the highly skilled manufacturing
facility in Utah and look forward to our continued partnership on the
A350 XWB program.
Orbital ATK s proprietary and patented automated stiffener forming
machines (ASFM) have been instrumental in the development and
manufacture of high-rate production composite stringers and frames and
contributed to reaching this milestone. This highly engineered
technology is essential to manufacture the A350 XWB composite stringers
and frames, enabling Orbital ATK to produce extremely high quality,
dimensionally precise and highly repeatable composite components.
The A350 XWB work is performed at Orbital ATK s 615,000-square-foot
Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) facility in Clearfield,
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 12,000 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Orbital ATK Aerospace Structures
Sr. Communications Manager
Orbital ATK, Inc.
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
and Investor Relations