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Aero design center slated for Bangalore

 - December 6, 2006, 10:34 AM

Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas, and Infosys have agreed to jointly establish a new engineering center at the Infosys campus in Bangalore, India. According to Spirit (Stand A1000), the center will concentrate on high-end engineering services including product development, design and analysis of airframe structures, engineering change management and stress engineering support.

Plans call for the center to employ 40 engineers to work on projects related to the 787 Dreamliner. The one-time division of Boeing now owned by Canadian conglomerate Onex has won contracts to build the 787’s forward section, engine pylons and various wing parts. Most recently, it won a competition to supply engine pylons and nacelle components for the new Boeing 747-8.

Since Onex announced its intention to buy the division from Boeing last spring, Spirit has aggressively sought new work from other OEMs, including Airbus. It plans to invest $1 billion in the business over the next few years, mainly in new capital equipment, efficiency improvement programs and expenditures related to the 787.

Just last month Spirit signed an agreement in principle to acquire the Aerostructures business unit of BAE Systems, which encompasses operations at Prestwick and Samlesbury, in the UK, for $142 million. To be known as Sprit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd., the division produces structural components, chiefly wings, similar to Sprit’s business unit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but on different airplane programs.

BAE Systems Aerostructures derives more than 80 percent of its revenue from jobs related to the Airbus A320, A330 and A340 families. The remainder comes from the Boeing 767 and 777, and from the Raytheon Hawker 800XP.&nbs