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A400M’s new battleground?


Industry workshare could be the latest battleground in the pan-European Airbus A400M programme.

March 5: News agency Reuters reports that industry workshare could be the latest battleground in the pan-European Airbus A400M programme if the project gets the financial go-ahead, as is expected next week.

According to Reuters, Spain is pressuring the UK to commit to its full share of the €3.5 billion rescue package on offer from the partner nations, something the British government has yet to do. If the UK doesn’t fulfil its proper share of the costs by cutting back its order, Spain reportedly wants to relocate jobs, tools and machinery from Filton near Bristol to the Airbus manufacturing plant at Seville to rebalance workshare between the partner nations. Spain’s view is apparently that shifting work on building the composite wings could be achieved by relocating jigs and cradles already in place at Filton.

A400M accounts for about 800 of the 5,000 workers employed at the BAE Systems facility at Filton, which celebrates its centenary this year.

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