The launch of a new Wing Technology Development Centre (WTDC) at its Filton plant today represents a significant investment by Airbus in its UK innovation capabilities. Nusrat Ghani, UK Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade, officially opened the facility, which will be used to develop and test demonstrators for a number of programmes and research projects.
In order to further enhance the performance of its wings, Airbus will use the newest technology and world-class demonstrators at the new facility to speed up the design, construction, and testing of its wings for next-generation aircraft.
One of the major potential to increase fuel efficiency, lower CO2 emissions, and ultimately move towards the aviation industry’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is to make wings longer, thinner, and lighter, along with engine optimization.
With the help of the WoT initiative, Airbus is able to investigate cutting-edge assembly and manufacturing techniques for the benefit of coming generations.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at Broughton, the ZEROe Development Centre, and the Aerospace Integrated Research & Test Centre (AIRTeC) at its Filton facility are just a few of the UK-based research and technology facilities that Airbus already has a presence in. The WTDC is another addition to this network.