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Jumbo jet spurs aerospace material maker

AEROSPACE materials manufacturer Cytec Engineered Materials opened a US$40-million plant in Fengxian District today, eying the potential from China's jumbo jet project.

The plant, covering 11,500 square meters, will mainly produce a special composite material - prepreg - for aircraft and serve clients in Asia-Pacific region.

"Cytec has cooperated with a lot of Chinese aircraft makers, such as AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Co Ltd and Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, and its products have been used on the country's first homemade regional jet, the ARJ21," said William Wood, vice president of the US-based company.

The plant at present mainly serves Boeing but is looking forward to working with China's jumbo jet producer.

"It's an excellent chance for Cytec to expand business in China as the country is developing a string of aircraft, including jumbo jets, the Xinzhou700 and civil helicopters," said Rong Yichao, a senior official of the AVIC Technology Foundation Establishment.

"A significant amount of composite materials has been used in Airbus A380, A350 and Boeing 787 jets, and will also be adopted for China's homemade jumbo jet," Rong said.

Cytec set up its first plant in China in 1997, which is also in Fengxian and produces coatings resin for aircraft.


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