Spirit’s facility in Saint-Nazaire, France, hosted a Family Day Open House event in honor of Spirit’s 10th anniversary as a company in late-June.
A total of 300 visitors, including employees and their family members, enjoyed the rare opportunity to tour Spirit’s Saint-Nazaire factory, where large aerostructures are assembled for the Airbus A350 XWB.
Employee volunteers hosted booths, where they explained their jobs and answered questions.
Videos and images of assembly were broadcast to help guests understand the production process.
The event featured a catered meal, cocktails, and giveaways for each visitor.
“We were very proud to welcome the public and the media to our site on this occasion,” said Jean-Christophe Danieau, director of Spirit France.
“This event was possible because of the commitment and passion of our employees.”
“We receive by boat the panels manufactured in Kinston. We assemble and then deliver them to our neighbor Airbus. The sections then travel to Toulouse by Beluga.”
We are currently in the series phase with a full ramp up. The company has delivered to Airbus last June his 42nd central section (a large aerostructure of 20 meters long and 6 meters in diameter).
Currently the rate is 4 shipsets per month, it will be 5 at the end of the year, 7 in 2016 and 10 per month in 2017.
For this we have just installed a 2nd assembly line (versatile that can also accommodate the A350-1000 version shipsets).
The company has 120 employees and it is considering hiring 15 blue-collars before the end of the year.
Based on the article “Spirit gagne en confiance et s'ouvre au public” published in Ouest-France.