SOURCE: Hampson Aerospace

Hampson Aerospace

February 29, 2012 14:06 ET

Hampson Aerospace Awarded Contract to Supply Tooling Solution for New Wing Factory

Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division Facility to Manufacture Wings for the Bombardier* Global 7000* and Global 8000* Business Aircraft With a Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solution

BRIERLEY HILL, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Hampson Aerospace (Hampson), the international aerospace group, announced it has been awarded a contract to provide the turnkey tooling solution for the new Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division wing manufacturing facility in Texas. Together with the factory and automation integrator, Comau Aerospace, Hampson will provide a complete tooling solution for turnkey manufacturing and production capabilities at the new wing facility.

The 240,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility will manufacture wings for the Global 7000* and Global 8000* business jets. The facility is to be located on 28 acres of the 93 acres Triumph Aerostructures, Vought Aircraft Division, has purchased for future development, in the Red Oak Industrial Park, Red Oak, Texas, USA.

"It is an honor to have been chosen to design and build the tools required for the new wing manufacturing facility," stated Paul Walsh, CEO Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions. "This is the second contract of this type and size that Hampson has won this year and clearly demonstrates our ability to deliver tooling solutions of the highest level of technical complexity and scale."

Tools designed and manufactured by Hampson have, and continue to play, a critical role in the design, pre-production, and production phases of many programs in aerospace including Boeing 787, 777, 747-8, 737; Airbus A380, A350, A320; Bombardier CSeries* aircraft; Gulfstream G650; Cessna Citation; HondaJet; Lockheed Martin F-35; Boeing F-18; and Sikorsky CH53. Hampson now works with virtually every major airframe manufacturer in the world.

About Hampson
Hampson Aerospace - is the world leader in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance tooling and assembly systems, as well as holding leading positions for composite and metallic components and aero structures. The Group's end-to-end solution for its customers from engineering and project management through manufacturing and logistics has led to numerous customer awards. With global operations, it serves the commercial and military aerospace markets from 12 facilities in the UK, North America and India.

Parent Hampson Industries PLC is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HAMP). For more information, visit: www.hampsongroup.com.

About Triumph Group
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division, a subsidiary of Triumph Group., Inc., designs, tests and manufactures aerostructures for commercial, military and business jet aircraft. Products include fuselages, wings, empennages, nacelles and helicopter cabins.

Triumph Group, Inc., headquartered in Berwyn, Penn., designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies and systems. The company serves a broad, worldwide spectrum of the aviation industry, including original equipment manufacturers of commercial, regional, business and military aircraft and aircraft components, as well as commercial and regional airlines and air cargo carriers.

For more information about Triumph Group, Inc., or Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division visit www.triumphgroup.com.

About Comau
Comau, a member of FIAT group, was founded in 1973. Comau is a global supplier of industrial automation systems for the manufacturing sector and a global provider of full maintenance services. Comau operates in 24 sites, 13 countries, with more than 14,000 employees.

As a global supplier, Comau Aerospace has more than 20 years of aerospace manufacturing experience. Comau has provided solutions over the past two decades to the main Aerospace OEMs in the US and EU. Production processes, engineering, jigs and tooling, riveting and fastening assembly processes, automated cells and assembly lines have been delivered to Airbus, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and other aerospace customers.

For more information about Comau, visit www.comau.com.

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