COMAC subsidiary SAMC, AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a strategic joint venture (JV) agreement to make composite and metal aerostructures in Jingjiang, China.

This will reportedly involve building an 80,000m2 facility, with production scheduled to begin in Q4 2021. By the mid-2020s, the workforce is expected to grow to 1,000 people, GKN said.

The company also plans to open a separate 20,000 m2 site nearby, focusing on making transparencies for the commercial market.

‘The establishment of the first aerostructures JV and the upcoming opening of the transparencies facility in Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China are exciting milestones,’ said John Pritchard, president civil aerospace at GKN. ‘We are excited to be part of the growth of the commercial aerospace industry in China.’

This story uses material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.