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Global aviation firm calls on Ashbourne design expertise

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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EQUIPMENT manufactured in Ashbourne is being used by one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers.

Aviation giant Airbus is using pedestrian electric tugs from MasterMover, which is based in the George Dutton Business Park, as an integral part of its wing assembly plant in Broughton.

The factory, near Chester, is responsible for manufacturing the wings on nearly all Airbus aircraft which need to be moved quickly and safely around the factory.

Wings for the A320 aircraft are currently made using traditional materials like aluminium, but the arrival of the A350 brings with it a move towards carbon fibre composites. In either material, the wing parts are long, awkward to handle and often heavy.

The Ashbourne firm’s MasterTug range, which allows heavy or large items to be moved by hand, has been snapped up by Airbus as a solution for moving everything through to complete wings for the A320.

The MasterTugs are used throughout the production process: moving parts from goods in to the production line; transporting sub-assemblies through the machining process; and handling turnover jigs so that production staff can rotate components freely and safely.

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