WICHITA, Kan., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Inc. [NYSE: SPR] is installing one of the world's largest autoclaves at its Wichita, Kan., facility to support increasing production levels in the company's composite fuselage business and to grow overall composite production capability. The new autoclave has a 30-foot diameter and an internal volume of more than 78,000 cubic feet.
"Spirit continues to invest in our composite manufacturing capability and this latest expansion will help us meet record demand for the products we build," said Terry George, Spirit's vice president of the 787 program. "Spirit's capabilities in composites are unmatched, and we are looking forward to continuing to meet our customer's composite manufacturing needs."
The autoclave, which is 120 feet long, is one of nearly 40 at Spirit's Wichita location. The addition is part of a 94,000 square-foot expansion to Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility, where the company makes the carbon-fiber nose section for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
An autoclave is a pressure chamber used to cure composite material. Spirit has composite expertise for large, complex aerostructures as well as jet engine nacelles.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the largest manufacturers of aerostructures in the world with both design and build capabilities for a variety of applications.
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc. Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sitesin the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia.The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft.Spirit AeroSystems focuses onaffordable,innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe. More information is available at www.spiritaero.com.