New Factory for Boeing 787 Production

Dec. 09, 2013


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced that it has started the construction of New factory in order to support the production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The new factory will be located right east side of Nagoya works1 (South plant) and has 60,000m2 (250m long x 194m wide x 21m high). The construction is expected to complete by the end on 2014.

Kawasaki has been participating the 787 Dreamliner program as one of the key partners. We are responsible for the design, development and manufacturing of the plane’s forward fuselage, main landing gear wheel well and fixed trailing edges.

The new factory will be furnished with additional similar equipments as existing factory(Nagoya Works1) and will be main production site for derivative models.

Boeing has started development of the 787-10 Dreamliner (300-330 seats), which was launched in June. With 300 to 330 seats, the 787-10 will be the third and longest member of the 787 family, which includes the 787-8 (210-250 seats) and 787-9 (250-290 seats). The 787 Dreamliner features many new technologies such as one piece barrel fuselage which is manufactured at Kawasaki. 

Kawasaki has been manufacturing the parts for 787 Dreamliner at Nagoya works1North plant (build in July 2006) and Nagoya Works1South plant (build in March 2010).  The new factory will enable Kawasaki to meet growing demand for 787-8 and 787-9 and prepare for the 787-10.

Boeing began delivering the 787 Dreamliner in 2011 and recently surpassed 1,000 orders for the family.

Kawasaki will leverage its new facility to help boost production of the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner and move development of the 787-10 Dreamliner forward as it fulfills its vital role in the 787 Dreamliner program.

Overview of the New Facility
Address: 3 Chome-20-8 Kusunoki, Yatomi-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan.
Total floor space: about 60,000m2 (250m long x 194m wide x 21m high)
Main Equipment:
  1. Auto clave (Cures the composite fuselage. about 9m diameter)
  2. Automatic Fiber Placement Machine (Co-cures the composite fuselage)
  3. Automatic Fastening Machine (Installs structural components onto the composite fuselage)
  4. Trim and Drill Machine (Drills and trims the composite fuselage)
  5. Ultrasonic Non-destructive Inspection Equipment (Inspects composite fuselage quality)


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