Fokker Elmo, a part of Fokker Technologies, was selected (22-May-2012) by Airbus for the design and manufacturing of two 'Electrical Wiring Interconnection System' (EWIS) packages, one for the A320neo aircraft and another for the A320 equipped with the new Sharklet large wingtip device. The majority of the Fokker Elmo design and development effort will take place on-site at Airbus in Toulouse, working together with the Airbus team. Manufacturing activities which are planned to start this year for one package and 2013 for the other. These will be supported by the Fokker Elmo subsidiaries in The Netherlands and China. Fokker Elmo also provides other EWIS packages to Airbus on the A320, A340, A380 and A400M. [more - original PR]
Fokker Elmo selected by Airbus for A320neo electrical wiring packages
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