Material savings are a real benefit for GKN Aerospace - Cowes, which currently has an annual budget of around £12 million for composites materials.
Material savings are a real benefit for GKN Aerospace - Cowes, which currently has an annual budget of around £12 million for composites materials.

GKN Aerospace - Cowes uses Lectra cutting machines for cutting single-stack woven materials and its marker-making for advanced nesting, which helps lower material wastage.

"Having been in the business 37 years, I have witnessed clear improvement with the new generation cutters," reports Peter Steen, Value Stream Manager composite logistics at GKN Aerospace - Cowes, who's in charge of scheduling all composite materials across four departments.

"Each machine has evolved remarkably with technology. Our newest solution, created with Lectra’s support, is faster, more user-friendly, adapted to our specific needs, quieter, and more economic in cutting.”