Deutsche Aircraft selects Aciturri as reference supplier aerostructures for the D328eco
Farnborough, July 18th, 2022
Deutsche Aircraft and Aciturri announce today the appointment of Aciturri Aerostructures as reference supplier for selected composite technologies for the D328eco aircraft. The contract, signed at Farnborough Air Show (UK), stipulates that Aciturri will manufacture the fairings, landing gear doors and flight control movables, using composite and metallic technologies. Aciturri will also ensure the assembly of the components for integration on the final assembly line.
Deutsche Aircraft and Aciturri are already working closely together towards the industrialisation of the programme, aiming to deliver the first prototype of the aircraft (T1) in the last quarter of 2024, as well as some parts of subsequent prototypes planned for 2025. Aciturri’s expertise and experience as a TIER1 aerostructures manufacturer is an important part in the development of the D328eco regional and special mission turboprop aircraft.
Dave Jackson, CEO of Deutsche Aircraft says: “Aciturri’s existing engineering and sustainability capabilities fully allow Deutsche Aircraft to meet time-to-market objectives of the D328eco, in alignment with Aciturri’s footprint based on an increased energy-efficient manufacturing lifecycle. We take pride in sharing the same vision on sustainability in our industry and are leading the way today to further develop innovative concepts.”
Álvaro Fernández Baragaño, CEO of Aciturri says: “We are very grateful to Deutsche Aircraft for their confidence. Participating in the D328eco project is an excellent opportunity to bring our technological and industrial experience and capabilities to the development of a modern and sustainable aircraft. Regarding the possible scope for further collaboration both companies are focused on developing new technologies to support the urgently needed transition to an aircraft industry that is sustainable, by reducing our carbon footprint through cleaner production processes. I am confident that this is just the first step on a long road of common collaboration of Deutsche Aircraft and Aciturri.
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About Deutsche Aircraft
Founded on the proud heritage of Dornier and Germany’s reputation for engineering design, quality and innovation, Deutsche Aircraft is the new purpose-driven German Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Built on the expertise of 328 Support Services GmbH, Deutsche Aircraft will enable the future development of the D328 platform. We will exploit future technologies and capabilities to produce a more efficient, economic and environmentally-friendly aircraft to drive the future of aviation toward a zero-emission flight objective. Together with the participation of the German Government, Deutsche Aircraft is leading the way in a new era of clean aviation and is addressing the need to protect our planet and inspire future generations, for cleaner, safer and more efficient air travel.
A family company founded in 1977, Aciturri is one of the main references worldwide in the development and manufacture of aeronautical components. With a turnover in 2020 of 350 million euros, the company has two lines of business; design, manufacture and assembly of aerostructures (wing assemblies, fuselage, empennage, etc); and the manufacture of engine components: primary structures, casings, rings and high precision machining.
Its customers include the main manufacturers in the sector: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Boeing, Embraer, Deutsche Aircraft, Lilium, Safran Landing Systems, Safran Aircraft Engines, ITP Aero, and Rolls Royce.
The company currently has over 2,300 employees and work centres in Spain (Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Madrid, the Basque Country and Asturias), Portugal and Brazil.