The centre wing box connects the fuselage to the wings. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The Handa Plant currently performs assembly operations for centre wing boxes for Boeing’s 777 and 787 passenger jets as well as centre wing boxes for maritime patrol aircraft (P-1) and next-generation cargo transport aircraft (C-2) for Japan’s Ministry of Defence.
FHI decided to construct a new facility on the premises of the existing Handa Plant with an eye to integrate centre wing box assembly operations and to ensure efficient shipping of products.
The investment related to the Boeing 777X, including the new facility, is expected to be approximately 10 billion yen. FHI has expertise in the design and manufacture of centre wing boxes as well as wings, including parts and structures made of composite materials and will continue to strive to further enhance its technologies.