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Overview

Airbus Group Australia Pacific Composites Overview

With leading edge technology and a world-class manufacturing facility located in Brisbane, Airbus Group Australia Pacific Composites specialises in the manufacture and repair of aeronautical composite structures. Our experienced team manufactures and repairs composites for both Australian and global aviation industries, including manufacture of components for the ARH Tiger, NH90 and Super Puma helicopter programs.

Capability

The Airbus Group Australia Pacific Composites operates from a purpose built, state of the art facility in Eagle Farm in Brisbane. The company specialises in conventional prepreg layup manufacturing using a range of materials. An example of parts manufactured in the facility includes:

Facilities

The Airbus Group Australia Pacific Composites facility was purpose built with state of the art infrastructure at Eagle Farm in Brisbane. The facility is approximately 6,000 m2 and includes:

  • Two clean rooms for layup (850 m2 and 100 m2) with 5 m ceilings. The environment is controlled to 210C ± 20C and 50% ± 5% RH. Rooms are over pressurised to 0.15 mbar. Cleanliness level is Class 100 000 (US EDF STD 209E) and ISO 14644-1 Class 8. Virtek equipment provides laser assisted layup.
  • Composite prepreg cutting machine –
    Lectra Vector TechTexFX 2500 automatic cutting machine
  • Two curing ovens, electrically heated, Class 5 (temperature controlled ± 50C)
  • Five axis CNC milling machine for trimming with an explosion proof dust extraction system
  • Seven axis profile following automatic ultrasonic inspection centre capable of inspection of both sandwich and monolithic construction
  • Autoclave – electrically heated, water cooled and nitrogen pressurised (3m Ø 8m long)
  • Ventilated and filtered extraction booth (12m x 11m) for safe hand trimming of components
  • Paint booth 6m x 4m, temperature and humidity controlled with an oven bake mode
  • Laboratory for inspection and test of composite raw materials
  • Portable hot bonding and ultrasonic inspection equipment to facilitate in service component repairs
  • CAD using CATIA V 4 and V5
  • Quality Approvals

    The Airbus Group Australia Pacific Composites facility has been certified to the following standards for composite manufacturing and repair:

     

    AS 9100 Revision C

    Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd Certificate
    No MEL6010454 Dated 1 June 2012

    Airbus Helicopters Special
    Process Approval

    Airbus Helicopters approval for special processes related to manufacture and repair of composite products

    ISO 9001:2008

    Bureau Veritas Pty Ltd Certificate No 10000077
    Dated 17 September 2010

    Military Maintenance
    Support Network

    Approved for Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, Multi Role Helicopter and Orion P3 aircraft