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A new GKN Aerospace Global Technology Center (GTC), with additive manufacturing front and center of its strategy, is to be launched in 2020 with the collaboration of 15 household names from across the industry.
Based in Bristol, the center has been funded using £15 million from the UK Government’s Aerospace Technology Institute, and £17 million committed by GKN Aerospace itself. According to Hans Büthker, Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, the facility and its ecosystem is a testament to the national engineering and technology roadmap. On launch it will host 300 engineers, and span a facility of 10,000 square meters.
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“The GTC is a great example of the UK’s industrial strategy at its best: with industry and the Government coming together to invest in the technology of the future,” says Büthker.
Greg Clark, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, adds:
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“GKN AEROSPACE’S NEW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY CENTRE FURTHER STRENGTHENS OUR AEROSPACE HERITAGE AND ENGINEERING EXPERTISE, AND WILL KEEP THE UK AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES FOR THE NEXT-GENERATION OF AIRCRAFT.”
As seen at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, GKN Aerospace has invested a lot in 3D printing. According to the company, 3D printed components can be found in six crucial areas of an aircraft, representing “the largest range of flying Additive Manufacturing (AM) parts and the broadest suite of AM technologies globally.” One of these flight-critical areas is the...
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