Boeing today ceremonially broke ground at the Sheffield Business Park site where its first European manufacturing facility will be built after Sheffield City Council recently granted planning permission. The 6,200-square-metre (66,700 square feet) building, due to open in late 2018, will manufacture actuation system components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aeroplanes.
The Sheffield facility is part of Boeing’s broader plan to grow in-house production of selective technologies. The Boeing Sheffield team will manufacture key actuation systems with improved productivity, enhanced production efficiency and reduced costs while maintaining quality. Boeing Fabrication’s Portland facility in Gresham, Oregon, U.S.A., will also produce actuators and assemble actuation systems for these models as a new work statement. Actuation systems move the flaps on the trailing edge of an aeroplane wing to provide extra lift at low speeds during take-off and landing