EDAG and Dürr have signed Framework Agreement with Airbus

Assembly Line for Chinese Airbus Plant

Fulda, Stuttgart - EDAG and Dürr, internationally active partners to the automotive and aviation industry, have bundled their capacities to carry out a joint project for Airbus and will develop and construct the assembly line for the new Airbus plant in Tianjin, China.

The consortium PCC (Prime Contractor Consortium) founded by the two companies has signed a framework agreement with Airbus and its Chinese joint venture partner. This framework agreement regulates the cooperation between Airbus, the Chinese joint venture partner, and EDAG and Dürr. Airbus and its Chinese partner will be successively awarding the supply contracts for the individual stages of the assembly line. The total volume of the project will presumably come to more than EUR 80 million, whereby about 60% of the volume will be handled by EDAG and 40% by Dürr.

The assembly line in Tianjin, near the Chinese capital Beijing, is scheduled for completion by the middle of 2009. Aircrafts of the A320 family will be assembled for the Chinese market in the first Airbus plant outside of Europe.

EDAG and Dürr will cooperate in China with European and local companies for the realization of the final assembly line for the aircraft modules produced in Europe. In addition to their recognized expertise for the development and construction of complete production facilities, the many years of experience both companies have had on the Chinese market were an important argument for the selection of the consortium. Moreover, EDAG and Dürr have subsidiaries in Shanghai and Beijing which can provide onsite capacities for local support of the project.
'The consortium PCC bundles perfectly the professional expertise of our companies in plant development, plant construction, and international project management,' emphasized Dr. Klaus Blickle, CEO at EDAG Engineering + Design AG, and Ralf Dieter, CEO at Dürr AG, in unison. 'Dürr and EDAG have successfully handled numerous projects for Airbus in the past independently of each other. Working as partners, we will be even more productive.' The two German companies are positioned as key players on the global market.

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