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Czech Aero Vodochody "Gazump" to Leonardo-Finmeccanica?

Farnborough, UK - A new theory of collaboration between Boeing and the Prague's industry arises

The main Czech aeronautical industry Aero Vodochody could become supplier of Boeing for the carbon fibre aerostructure sector? According to "Il Sole 24 Ore" reported in an article signed by Gianni Dragoni, the Bohemian company could produce components for the airplane fuselages, similar to those ones manufactured in Grottaglie (Taranto) by Leonardo-Finmeccanica for the B-787 aircraft, Giuseppe Giordo, today President and CEO of the industry in Prague, ex-manager of the Finmeccanica Group and former CEO of Alenia, presented the strategies of his company at Farnborough declaring "Aero Vodochody has to to grow, we want to return to the period in which a great manufacturing firm produced 11,000 airplanes". Today Aero Vodochody has 2,000 representatives and EUR 300 million as revenue. For number of units realized it has been the first factory of training airplanes, and alone covered 2/3 of the airplanes of this kind built. Various the productions, among them the light fighter (L-159) in service in the Czech Republic and in Iraq, in addition to the L-39NG in a development phase, the new basic trainer of which Giordo says: "It has already flown, in contrast with some competitors". It is easy to realize which are. For that regarding the collaboration with Boeing Giordo specified: "We never worked with Boeing. We would begin very soon. We have important experiences in composite materials, and we have opened in 2012 one of the greatest autoclaves of the EU". To underline to this point the "Dissatisfaction" by Boeing towards the work carried out in the facility in Grottaglie in terms of component production of the Dreamliner, expressed with a letter addressed last June 15 to the Leonardo-Finmeccanica's CEO, Mauro Moretti and to the head of the Aerostructure division Alessio Facondo. In the document the Seattle's industry complains not "Complying quality" and disapproves delays of the production flows (see for details AVIONEWS). It will be, but there are problems and Boeing underlined them clearly. It is a fact. So as it is a fact that not even the aerospace sector can avoid with ease to the risky industrial escape towards more favorable productively markets ongoing already in each field. And the Czech robust competition is just around the corner... strong and organized. Will Moretti be able to resolve the problem?

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