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Boeing contract raises Ducommun's 787 role

Keywords: Tags  Ducommun, Boeing, 787 Dreamliner, Anthony J. Reardon, Joseph P. Bellino, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — A contract to produce titanium components and subassemblies for the 787 Dreamliner is raising Ducommun Inc.’s role on the Boeing Co. airliner.

Ducommun has received a contract from Boeing that will “expand our support” of the 787 program, Anthony J. Reardon, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Carson, Calif.-based manufacturer, said in a statement. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This increases our overall content on the aircraft by 10 percent,” Joseph P. Bellino, vice president and chief financial officer, told AMM. Bellino noted that the parts are located on the fuselage, including clips and bracket details and assemblies on entry door components.

The work will be done at the Coxsackie, N.Y., facility of the parent company’s Ducommun AeroStructures unit, which specializes in the brake forming, hydroforming and hot-forming methods that are involved in producing the parts involved in the contract, Bellino said. They will be manufactured mainly from the standard titanium aerospace alloy, 6 aluminum/4 vanadium.

Ducommun claims to be the largest independent supplier of composite and metal bond structures and assemblies in the United States, including aircraft wing spoilers, helicopter blades, flight control surfaces and engine components.

Boeing, which has boosted its monthly build rate on the 787 from 2.5 in mid-2012 to 3.5 and, more recently, 5.0 planes, expects to reach a rate of 10 planes per month in late 2013, including output at both its Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C., final assembly lines. Reardon said Ducommun is “prepared to maximize our output to support the higher volumes that come with full production.”

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