Lightweight know-how around the globe

FACC is intensifying its global presence and partnerships in order to be the best partner in proximity to its customers worldwide. As part of the AVIC Group, it has direct access to the fastest growing markets.

China represents one of the world’s most important future markets for the aircraft industry. Together with Chinese partners, FACC played a major role in the development of the COMAC ARJ21. The “Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century” is the first civilian jet to be completely developed and ­assembled in the People’s Republic. FACC is supplying the entire interior of the aircraft, from the cockpit cladding and overhead stowage compartments to the ceiling, wall and floor panels as well as the galleys and toilets. More than 100 aircraft of this type are to be produced by 2024.

MRO business strengthens presence in North America

Not only in Asia are the signs clearly pointing to growth for FACC. The two FACC locations in North America will also be significantly upgraded over the next few years. In Montreal, Canada, the volume of products for business jets is to be increased, while in Wichita, USA, the highly successful Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business unit is to be expanded further. Strategically, FACC aims to extend services and production, which have so far only been provided in individual plants, to other locations of the Group. Production steps for business jets, for instance, which currently take place exclusively in Austria, could also be carried out in Canada in the medium term, and thus in the vicinity of the customer Bombardier. As a consequence, both North American locations will gain in importance due to their broader market position and enhanced value creation within the Group.

Scalable production in Croatia

FACC’s first international greenfield investment in Croatia had to be redimensioned in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Nevertheless, the construction of the high-tech plant near Zagreb remains an important element of FACC’s organic growth strategy. From 2022, lightweight components for passenger cabins of commercial aircraft and business jets will be manufactured here on a production area of approximately 10,000 square meters. With this new plant, which is conveniently located both with regard to the Austrian sites and the deep-water port of Koper, FACC is integrating services previously provided by third-party suppliers into its own value chain, while simultaneously creating the basis for further capacity expansions. Notwithstanding the smaller dimensions of the site compared to the original plan, the plant was designed from the outset to be scalable at all times to accommodate a future increase in call-offs. With this project, moreover, FACC is laying important foundations for a stronger development towards industrialization and high technology in the Zagreb region.