MHI Completes Composites Facility Expansion

Japanese OEM Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has completed the expansion of the aircraft shop at the Yamatomachi plant of its Shimonoseki shipyard and machinery works in Yamaguchi Prefecture in preparation for the production increase of composite wing boxes for the 787.

Japanese OEM Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has completed the expansion of the aircraft shop at the Yamatomachi plant of its Shimonoseki shipyard and machinery works in Yamaguchi Prefecture in preparation for the production increase of composite wing boxes for the 787.

MHI said the expansion was done to meet Boeing’s plan to increase production of the 787 from its current 10 a month to 14 by 2020.

The expansion at the Shimonoseki facility will enable the firm to increase production capacity of stringers by including an autoclave for curing and shape-forming the layered composite prepregs under high temperature and high pressure, and cutting machines for machining of components.

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