Spirit AeroSystems creates 3- and 4-axis fabrication center of excellence

Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) has created a 3- and 4-axis machining center of excellence at its McAlester, Okla., facility, the company said.

The center will accommodate new detailed parts fabrication work in the global aerostructures market, while also supporting current customer contracts.

The purchase and installation of new equipment in McAlester includes 18 new machines purchased from a fabrication shop in Juarez, Mexico. Spirit acquired the machines to create soft metal machining capacity as part of a U.S.-based center of excellence.

This is in addition to the creation of a 5-axis center of excellence in Wichita and the planned expansion of operations in Malaysia to help Spirit grow its global fabrication business. Spirit is already one of the largest aircraft part fabricators for the aerospace industry, machining parts that primarily support Spirit´s statement of work.

Spirit´s Oklahoma operations include facilities in McAlester and Tulsa. The state-of-the-art machines installed in McAlester position Spirit to compete in the global metal fabrication market. More than 1,000 unique parts have already been scoped and are in process of being scheduled for production.

The new center will specialize in small- to medium-sized parts and is expected to be fully operational later this year. The new capabilities will generate millions of dollars in new revenue for Spirit. Spirit´s total fabrication capability spans more than 2.6 million square feet and produces more than 38,000 parts daily.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in 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 on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.