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 companys 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
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.