EANS-News: FACC AG starts series production of engine composites for Trent XWB (with photo)

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FACC's role in the sixth generation of the Trent family of engines has marked an
important milestone: The Austrian aerospace supplier started series production
of the innovative engine composites on the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB powerplant,
designed specifically for the Airbus A350 XWB family of aircraft.
This milestone underscores ongoing progress at FACC's Engine & Nacelles division
that delivered the first fan track liner, the last of the four engine components
of the total contract package, to Rolls-Royce on time last week. FACC is
responsible for development and production of the engine composites as part of a
life-of-program contract for the new Trent XWB engine - a fuel efficient power
system that entered service at the end of 2014, following delivery of the first
Airbus A350 XWB to launch customer Qatar Airways.
"I would like to add my thanks for this excellent team effort. Well done to all
involved and thanks for the high focus this has received. I feel confident as we
now look forward to the ramp-up," said Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce Executive
Vice President Fans & Compressors.
Rolls-Royce had awarded the contract in 2012. According to the current state of
the engine orders, it envisages a total order volume of approximately 300
million US$ and deliveries at least up to the year 2028. The start of series
production of the Trent XWB engine composite components marks the successful
conclusion of many years of research and development by FACC.

"The schedule for this project was challenging. The timely start of series
production of the engine components for the Trent XWB powerplant is a major step
by FACC of demonstrating its commitment to adding value to the program," said
Walter Stephan, Chief Executive Officer of FACC. "It is now time to make every
effort to ensure component deliveries at the steadily increasing production
rates." Once the program reaches full rate production in 2017, FACC will support
the Trent XWB assembly line by delivering four shipments of engine composites
per week.

Engine composites: lighter, quieter, yet still high strength

The engine composites order package from Rolls-Royce contains four different
engine components:

The fan track liners are linings in the fan casing, which fulfill three main
functions: Firstly, they form a contact seal with the engine blades, preventing
turbulence and thereby significantly influencing engine performance. Secondly,
they absorb the energy of impacting hailstones and chunks of ice. Furthermore,
the high-strength carbon parts play an important role in containing damage in
the event of theoretical blade failure.
The rear case liners are sound-absorbing linings. Lining the engine with
acoustic panels makes it possible to comply with the strict regulatory noise
emission limits. At the same time, use of composite technology contributes to
achieving effective noise insulation with only minimal additional weight and
unvaryingly high strength.
In addition, FACC manufactures bifurcation fairings and anti-fluid panels. With
their special properties and thanks to specific manufacturing technologies, the
FACC engine composites set standards in terms of weight, acoustics, and
aerodynamics, thereby making an important contribution to higher efficiency and
better environmental compatibility of the new Trent XWB engine family.
15 years of Rolls-Royce - FACC collaboration
"The assemblies developed in close cooperation with the customer, coupled with
an increased proportion of composite components in the overall weight of the new
Trent XWB compared with conventional engines, represent a substantial basis for
further expansion of the business relationship between FACC and Rolls-Royce,"
says Robert Braunsberger, Vice President of the Engines & Nacelles division.
In fact, the two companies are this year celebrating the fifteen-year existence
of their partnership in the development and production of engine composites.
Orders exist for every single one of the Rolls-Royce civil jet engines currently
being built, including all applications for wide-body aircraft, such as the
Boeing 787, Airbus A350 XWB, A380, and A330, as well as for various business
About FACC
FACC AG is one of the world's leading companies in the design, development and
production of advanced fibre reinforced composite components and systems for the
aviation industry. Their range of products extends from structural components
for the fuselage and wings to engine components and complete passenger cabins
for commercial aircraft, business jets and helicopters. FACC is a supplier to
all large aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer,
Sukhoi, and COMAC, as well as for engine manufacturers and sub-suppliers of
manufacturers. In the business year of 2013/14, FACC achieved a turnover of
547.4 million
Euros. The company currently employs 3,100 employees. Further information
available under www.facc.com.
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Further inquiry note:
Investor Relations:
Manual Taverne
Director Investor Relations
Mobil: 0664/801192819
E-Mail: m.taverne@facc.com

Andrea Schachinger
Corporate Communication
Tel: 059/616-1194
E-Mail: a.schachinger@facc.com

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company:     FACC AG
             Fischerstraße 9
             A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
phone:       +43/59/616-0
FAX:         +43/59/616-81000
mail:     office@facc.com
WWW:      www.facc.com
sector:      Industrial Components
ISIN:        AT00000FACC2
stockmarkets: Regulated free trade: Wien 
language:   English

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