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21 May 15. BAE Systems to invest £100m in its Glasgow shipyards. BAE Systems has announced it is to retain both of its shipyards in Glasgow and make its most significant investment in them for decades. The company will invest £100m in improving and expanding manufacturing facilities at the Govan and Scotstoun yards.
It announced its decision following a review of options for the future. The other option under consideration had been a £200m single-site strategy which involved building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Scotstoun, placing the future of the Govan yard in doubt.
The company last year lodged planning applications for both proposals, neither of which was expected to lead to job losses. A BAE Systems spokesman said on Thursday: “Following an assessment of potential facilities options, we have decided to retain and invest in both of our sites in Glasgow.
“We will work closely with our trade unions as we prepare the detailed designs to improve and expand our manufacturing facilities, which will mark the most significant investment in the Glasgow shipyards in decades. Together with investments in new technologies, cutting-edge processes and new ways of working, improved infrastructure will play a key role in transforming the way we design and build complex warships.
“This will enable us to create a modern, safe and inspiring workplace for our employees whilst ensuring we deliver equipment to the highest quality at the lowest possible cost so we can compete effectively for future UK and international orders.” (Source: Defense News Early Bird/PA)
19 May 15. GKN Aerospace’s composites manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico, has received Performance Review Institute (PRI) Nadcap accreditation for the composite fabrication activities at the site. PRI Nadcap provides recognized aerospace industry accreditation for companies that manufacture high quality aerospace products using specialized processes. Nadcap is a cooperative industry effort administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI) that provides quality assurance throughout the global aerospace and defense industries. At the GKN Aerospace Mexicali composites site the Nadcap approval process has benchmarked the quality of a number of processes including: hand lay-up and curing of prepreg composite materials and adhesive bonding of composite structures.
Daniele Cagnatel, CEO GKN Aerospace – Aerostructures, North America explains: “The Nadcap accreditation for our Mexicali composites facility is an important milestone as we extend the service this site offers to our customers. Nadcap accreditation recognizes the strong process capabilities and commitment to excellence at the facility. At this and all our manufacturing sites we are focused on process control, lean manufacturing and operational excellence. I am proud of the workforce at our Mexicali facility. This achievement demonstrates their commitment to delivering the best value, high quality composite structures to our customers.”
The Mexicali composites manufacturing facility employs 120 people and produces structures for the Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter, Honeywell HTF7000 and other commercial programs. The site was established in 2012 with the aim of exceeding 100 employees by 2017 – a goal it has already surpassed. In total GKN Aerospace employs 450 people in Mexico where the company has three facilities. The two additional sites manufacture engine fan cases, containment cases, fan ducts and shroud assemblies for major aero-engine primes such as Honeywell, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Allison.
18 May 15. A new National Coast Watch Ce