MHI to build aero engine parts facility in Japan

WCN Editorial Team 19 Aug 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has decided to establish a new factory within its Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works to manufacture aero engine parts in Nagasaki, Japan.

As per MHI, an anticipated growth in its aero engine business is the motivation behind the idea of establishing the new facility.

With the new facility, the Japanese heavy industries company aims to strengthen its global competitiveness by developing advanced engine parts production line. The new facility could help the company to grow its aero engines into one of its core businesses.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin this October and could be completed by next July, with initial production to begin soon after. The production will be incrementally expanded thereafter.

To be constructed as the Nagasaki Works of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines (MHIAEL), an aero engine business arm of MHI Group, the facility will be located at the former site of the Propeller Factory, adjacent to the Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

MHIAEL is expected to play an important role in the redevelopment of the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works area.

The new facility will be equipped with fully integrated production line from material receiving to machining and assembly for combustor parts. For achieving precision and high quality standards needed for aero engines, the new facility will adopt advanced machine tools, the company said.

To achieve high-level of efficiency, MHIAEL will also introduce automation and manpower saving technologies such as automated material handling, tool changing, along with IoT and AI technologies developed at its mother factory.

As per MHI it has undertaken aggressive business expansion and production system improvements to cater to the growing global demand for aero engines for commercial aircrafts and building the facility is part of that initiative.

Measures will also be taken expand business in aero engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

Last month, MHI and Primetals Technologies, announced that they will acquire ABP Induction Systems (ABP), a manufacturer of induction furnaces and heating systems from CM Acquisitions.

ABP offers its products to blue-chip customers, including automotive OEMs and suppliers, industrial manufacturers, independent foundries as well as steel plant manufacturers and steel producers.


Image: Visualisation of the new plant. Photo: Courtesy of MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.

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