GE Aviation to build engine materials facilities

GE Aviation commenced work on two new facilities in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday (June 16) which will produce materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components for aircraft engines and land-based gas turbines.

GE Aviation commenced work on two new facilities in Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday (June 16) which will produce materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components for aircraft engines and land-based gas turbines.

The engine maker will invest more than $200m in building the two factories which are scheduled to be completed by the first half of 2018.

The first plant will produce silicon carbide (SiC) ceramic fibre, the first such operation in the US, while the second factory will use this SiC ceramic fibre to produce the unidirectional CMC tape necessary to fabricate CMC components.

Once operational, GE said the new facilities will create up to 300 new jobs.

 

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