GKN Isle of Wight hits new heights with 737 winglet project

By David Newble

Sunday, February 28, 2016

 

GKN Isle of Wight hits new heights with 737 winglet project

One of the Boeing 737 winglets made by GKN on the Isle of Wight

WORKERS at GKN, East Cowes, have been playing their part in building a revolutionary new American aircraft that cuts fuel consumption by 20 per cent.

The company is making 'winglets’, which will be fitted to the wing tips of the new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. They are being built at GKN’s Isle of Wight factory before they are shipped over to the United States for final assembly and painting.

The winglets improve airflow over the wingtips of aircraft, thus cutting down on drag and reducing fuel consumption.

More than 2,600 737 MAX aircraft are currently on order. Final painting of the winglets will take place at GKN’s plant in Sumner, Washington State, before they are taken to Boeing’s final assembly line, which is close to GKN’s US plant.

David Brantner, president of GKN Aerospace, said: "We are extremely proud of playing our part in creating the newest version of Boeing’s incredibly successful 737 family of aircraft and send our congratulations to Boeing.

"The 737 MAX represents the intelligent combination of the strongest of the industry’s newest technologies with the most effective of our proven expertise to achieve real performance gains."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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