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10.12.2014 – 08:40


EANS-News: FACC AG starts series production of bypass ducts for PW800 engines

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Subtitle: FACC is contributing innovative composite technology to the next
generation of engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada/Successful certification of
the first article components following years of development work

Company Information/Milestone in PW800 engine program

FACC AG recently received the approval of the first article parts and the go-
ahead for series production of bypass ducts for the new PurePower® PW814 and
PW815 engines by Pratt & Whitney Canada, thereby reaching an important program
milestone. The Austrian aerospace industry supplier is contributing innovative
composite technology to the new engine family, with responsibility for
development and production of the bypass ducts.
In mid-November, after more than two years of development work, FACC delivered
the first article parts to Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) in Quebec, where they
were assembled with the engine. Following a successful test run and product
release by P&WC, FACC is now commencing series production of the components at
its Aerostructures plant in Ried (Austria). FACC's involvement in the PW800
program comprises deliveries throughout the service life of the engine family
and a planned order volume of around 150 million US dollars. "FACC ranks among
the global market leaders in the design and production of bypass ducts - thanks
above all to the longstanding close collaboration with Pratt & Whitney
Canada,"explains Walter Stephan, Chairman of FACC AG. "We are constantly seeking
new solutions to make aircraft engines even better, stronger, safer and lighter.
So we are all the more pleased that we can play a significant role in the next
generation of engines for business jets."
Composite innovations for primary engine structures
Bypass ducts are structural components that shroud the outer airflow of jet
engines. They need to be extremely wear-resistant, while simultaneously reducing
noise and being capable of bearing very high loads in extreme flight situations.
All this with minimum possible weight.
Bypass ducts were formerly made of metal. FACC began very early with the
development of engine structures made from high-quality, lightweight composite
materials. The company's years of design experience and excellent production
expertise were a decisive benefit in developing the PW800 program: The FACC
engineering team devised an efficient and economical production concept for
manufacturing high-strength bypass ducts with low weight and optimum acoustics,
which also offer excellent reliability and safety. Specialized production
technologies, state-of-the-art automation and process optimization combined with
a global supply chain provide the main benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness. 
Günter Nelböck, Director of Engine Programs at FACC, stressed: "The years we
spent building production expertise place us in a very competitive position for
optimally meeting demanding customer requirements with regard to strength,
weight, and reliability. Thanks to innovative composite technologies, we achieve
the necessary functionality with far fewer components. We need fewer rivets,
screws, bolts, and subcomponents. Unnecessary interfaces are avoided and the
number of individual working steps is lower. Consequently, our integral
composite concepts are also a cost-effective solution."
Alongside those for the PW800 engines, FACC also supplies bypass ducts for other
engine families made by P&W Canada and P&W USA, as well as components for
various Rolls Royce engine families.

Eco-efficient engines for new Gulfstream jets
The new PurePower® PW800 engine series is characterized by high fuel efficiency,
lower emissions, and less engine noise. With 16,000 pounds of thrust, it is
specially designed for fast, long-haul business aircraft flying at high
altitudes. Gulfstream Aerospace also relies on this first-class performance: The
American business jet manufacturer decided in favor of the PW814 and PW815
engines for its new, efficient Gulfstream G500 and G600 jets, as announced
ceremoniously in mid-October at the market launch of the next generation of
Gulfstream aircraft. Certification of the PW814 and PW815 engines that will
power the Gulfstream G500 and G600 respectively is expected before the end of
About FACC
FACC AG is one of the world's leading companies in the design, development and
production of advanced fiber reinforced composite components and systems for the
aviation industry. Their range of products reaches from structural components
for the fuselage and wings to engine components to 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 can be found under

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Further inquiry note:
Andrea Schachinger
Corporate Communication
Tel: 059/616-1194

Investor Relations:
Andreas Schoberleitner
Vice President Finance & IR
Tel: 059/616-1322

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company:     FACC AG
             Fischerstraße 9
             A-4910 Ried im Innkreis
phone:       +43/59/616-0
FAX:         +43/59/616-81000
sector:      Industrial Components
ISIN:        AT00000FACC2
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language:   English

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