GKN Aerospace has opened its new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol, UK.
GKN Aerospace has opened its new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol, UK.

GKN Aerospace has opened its new Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Bristol, UK.

According to the company, the 10,000m2 center will focuses on sustainable aviation research and development, including hydrogen propulsion technologies, composite structures for electric aircraft, additive manufacturing (AM), and industry 4.0 processes to enable a higher rate of aircraft structure production.

The center has been funded jointly by GKN Aerospace (£17m) and the UK Government (£15m), through the Aerospace Technology Institute. At full capacity, it will host 300 engineers from GKN Aerospace and its partners. It also incorporates a training center to provide technical skills and help train new aerospace engineers, GKN said.

“GKN Aerospace is fully committed to a more sustainable future and in helping the industry achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050,’ said GKN Aerospace CEO, David Paja. ‘That work has already started and this Global Technology Centre is at the forefront of it. However, no single technology and no one company can tackle this challenge alone. It will take industry-wide collaboration, technical innovation and strong partnerships to achieve a truly sustainable future of flight.’

This story uses material from GKN, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.