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Collins Aerospace to invest $225 million in landing systems facility expansions

Collins Aerospace Systems announced plans to open a new Landing Systems facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and to expand its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. An expansion of the company’s carbon brake manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, is already underway.

The announcement reflects the growth of the company’s Landing Systems business in recent years, driven by increasing demand for its wheels, brakes and landing gear from commercial, military and business aviation customers. Key to the company’s success has been its ability to provide customers with innovative solutions to improve operational performance. For example, Collins Aerospace’s patented Duracarb® carbon friction material delivers an average 35 percent longer brake life over competing carbon materials, enabling airlines to decrease maintenance time and realize additional cost savings.

Ajay Mahajan, vice president, Landing Systems at Collins Aerospace

Ajay Mahajan, vice president, Landing Systems at Collins Aerospace said:

“As one of the aerospace industry’s leading providers of wheels, brakes and landing gear, we are committed to investing in our business to better serve our customers. Once our projects in Fort Worth, Spokane and Pueblo are complete, we will have invested $225 million, while creating more than 100 new jobs across those communities. The future for Collins Aerospace’s Landing Systems business is bright, and we look forward to continuing to work with our customers to redefine aerospace.”

At its new 110,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth, Collins Aerospace will perform wheel & brake maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations as well as landing gear assembly. The addition of wheel & brake MRO capacity in Fort Worth will put the company closer to key airline customers in the region. The new facility will also combine the company’s current Fort Worth landing gear operations, while increasing shop floor space 30 percent over its existing landing gear facility. The company expects to create 40 new jobs at the site.

In Spokane, Collins Aerospace plans to invest $145 million to expand its existing carbon brake manufacturing facility by more than 50 percent, adding 75,000 square feet in the form of three new buildings. The expansion is slated to begin in 2021 and result in the creation of 50 new jobs.

Collins Aerospace's proprietary Duracarb® carbon disk technology

Collins Aerospace’s proprietary Duracarb® carbon disk technology

Duracarb® carbon disk technology
Collins Aetrospace’s proprietary Duracarb carbon disk technology is a heat sink material that delivers a significant advantage over steel heat sinks and competing carbon materials. With the weight and durability benefits of Duracarb carbon disks, operators can expect a greatly lowered cost of operation related to their landing systems.

  • Lower weight: For example, save up to 700 lbs (318 kg) on Boeing 737NG
  • Longer life: For example, significantly longer brake life compared to steel brakes and competing carbon materials
  • Faster cooling: Higher energy absorption capability and faster cooling rates allow for shorter turnaround times
  • Lower costs: Reduced maintenance and operating costs due to brake life improvement and weight reduction

The Spokane addition comes on the heels of an $80 million expansion at Collins Aerospace’s carbon brake manufacturing site in Pueblo, where the company added 40,000 square feet and has hired an additional 50 employees. The Pueblo expansion began in 2015 and is expected to be complete in 2021.

    Companies: Collins Aerospace

    Industries: Aerospace

    Terms: Business

    This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
    This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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