Deutsche Aircraft, the German OEM for the D328eco development programme, has selected Heggemann for the D328eco's wing industrialisation and production. This agreement covers the manufacturing of the D328eco wing box and engine support.
The aerodynamically optimised wing design of the D328eco will be manufactured in an automated manufacturing process flow. Progressive quality assurance and digitalised end-to-end processes in terms of Industry 4.0 will be implemented.
The manufactured wing and its sub-components will be fully SAF compatible, with new sealants, surface protection measures and materials that fit with all mainstream sustainable aviation fuels.
Heggemann has over 55 years industrial experience, mastering high-volume, industrialised production, which will support the growth of the aviation sector. The company has fully implemented the APQP principle, a digital end-to-end process and product lifecycle tracking system. These attributes are mandatory for Deutsche Aircraft's deployment of Industry 4.0 manufacturing principles. Aside of digitalisation, Heggemann also offers the REACH roadmap that aligns with Deutsche Aircraft's efforts to minimise environmental impact.
“Combining the advantage of the Dornier wing structure, forward-looking SAF compatibility and Heggemann's production expertise, this partnership will create great synergy for the D328eco programme,” says Nico Neumann, VP of operation and programme at Deutsche Aircraft. “We found Heggemann to be the perfect partner for the D328eco wing serial production. Our vision and mission align when it comes to a sustainable production roadmap. Furthermore, we are both proud of our German heritage of unmet engineering excellence and quality.”
Heggemann CEO Christian Howe adds: “We are very pleased to be an essential part of the development of the D328eco programme. Realising the wing in addition to the landing gear gives us the unique chance to further strengthen our partnership with Deutsche Aircraft. We will use our engineering competence and innovation strength to implement state-of-the-art digital manufacturing strategies and be an efficient manufacturing partner for Deutsche Aircraft.”