Airbus approved the investment to add a new building to it´s Puerto Real site, where the A350 XWB Horizontal Tail Plane (HTP) boxes are assembled.
As confirmed by Jesús López Medina, Airbus Puerto Real Director, the factory will be expanded with a building of around 3,000 square meters.
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Jesús López Medina explained that the A330 assembly line will be moved to the new building, allowing the duplication of the current A350 HTP boxes assembly line. In Puerto Real site, Airbus also assemblies some workpackeges for the A380.
The duplicated line for the A350 assembly need to be setup for the beginning of 2015.
For the head of Airbus in Puerto Real, "this decision is important; Airbus has seen that it is something necessary, that these components are not going to be subcontracted”
“This year we will be delivering to Getafe site between 8 and 9 aircraft, but the coming year we have to deliver the double. We have to expand the factory because the production of the A350 is growing. This year, at the Puerto Real plant we have allocated between 25 and 30 people, of these, 18 are operators and 5 design engineers. The plant not only wins in workload with white collars, but we provide autonomy to solve needs to make modifications in drawings, etc., without having to go to Madrid. The Airbus management gives autonomy to this factory, which is a qualitative growth".
Based on the article “Airbus ampliará su planta de Puerto Real para asumir el A350 y el A330” published in Diario de Cádiz.