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Bombardier tools up for CSeries components

Bombardier has upgraded more than 100,000 square-feet of its Saint-Laurent, Que. facility to support the production of major components for its 100- to 149-seat CSeries aircraft scheduled to enter service in 2013. 


March 10, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

Bombardier’s more fuel-efficient CSeries aircraft take flight.

Rendering: Bombardier

MONTREAL:
Bombardier has upgraded more than 100,000 square-feet of its Saint-Laurent, Que. facility to support the production of major components for its 100- to 149-seat CSeries aircraft scheduled to enter service in 2013.

The Montreal-based aerospace company said assembly will include a fully automated moving line applying the latest lean manufacturing principles, and the upgrades include new machinery, equipment and tooling.

Major components to be manufactured at the Saint-Laurent plant include the carbon-fibre aft fuselage and cockpit. The cockpit will be mated at the facility while the forward fuselage section will be made by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) in China.

Bombardier said automated fibre placement (AFP) techniques will be used to build the aft fuselage, including the pressure dome; and an advanced composite wing will be designed and built in Bombardier’s Belfast facility in Northern Ireland using resin transfer infusion (RTI) technology.

The production development team at the Saint-Laurent plant is also responsible for designing and installing the tooling for the new aircraft’s final assembly plant in Mirabel, north of Montréal.

The Saint-Laurent plant employs more than 3,000 people and is the largest of Bombardier’s facilities in the Montréal area.
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