Airbus plans 'next-generation' wings for aircraft
A ̶0;next-generation̶1; aircraft wing made of light composite materials is to be developed by Airbus in the UK.
The European aerospace group is leading a £103m investment in the research project, which will help to secure jobs at its Broughton wing factory in north Wales.
The project is being jointly funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, which is contributing £7.5m, and regional development agencies.
The Broughton plant, which is recognised as a centre of excellence for wing manufacturing, has already won the contract to produce composite wings for the new A350 aircraft.
The news comes as Airbus admitted this week that it would have to delay deliveries of its A380 superjumbo plane, which was already two years behind schedule.
The latest problems, exacerbated by a shortage of engineers in Europe, have caused a delay in the switch to automated or serial production from the current method of individual assembly.
Image: Airbus's Broughton site will conduct the wing research