GKN Aerospace and GE are taking their longstanding collaboration to a new level, with a strengthened commitment on a range of industry-leading engines including the highly successful GEnx programme, renowned for being the fastest-selling high-thrust engine.
This renewed partnership revolves around three pivotal areas: new technology insertion, fan case production and assembly, and repair of high volume, complex engines structures.
The ground-breaking technology insertion programmes on the GEnx will centre on the adoption of alternative materials, promoting a more eco-friendly manufacturing approach for numerous products currently in operation.
GKN Aerospace will not only contribute its component design expertise but also its latest technological advancements, aimed at driving the GEnx programme closer to its objectives of reducing carbon emissions and trimming costs. Anticipated upgrades to components are slated for development, validation, and implementation between 2024 and 2030.
Under this new agreement, GKN Aerospace has also secured long-term contracts covering the entire lifecycle of the GEnx, CF6, and GE90 fan cases, and will be responsible for 50 per cent of the GE9X fan case assembly throughout the programme’s duration.
Furthermore, as part of this extended partnership, GKN Aerospace is joining GE Aerospace’s network for engine repair, providing specialised repair solutions for the GEnx.
Leveraging its expertise in designing and crafting advanced structures, GKN Aerospace will contribute to the repair of intricate, high-volume components across its global repair network.
Joakim Andersson, president of GKN Aerospace’s engines business, said: “GE Aerospace and GKN Aerospace have had a strong relationship for more than 40 years and we are extremely proud of our partnership.
“Over the years we have grown our responsibility across all major GE engines and today we are in long-term partnerships with design authority for multiple programmes.
“This major new agreement is the next step. It ensures that we will continue to jointly develop the right technologies and solutions for world-leading engines such as the GEnx and CF6 for today and the future.”
Kathy MacKenzie, vice president of GE Aerospace commercial programmes, said: “We are excited to expand our strategic relationship with GKN. Their design expertise and production capability will enable us to continue to meet strong demand for the GEnx engine, and their component repair development will offer a cost-saving choice for our services customers.”
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