LEAP engine boost for AEC and CFM
AEC is the sole-source provider of 3D woven RTM composite fan blades and fan cases for the LEAP engine, supplied from its plants in Rochester, New Hampshire, Salt Lake, Utah, and Commercy in France, and also from this year, at a new plant in Queretaro, Mexico.
“AEC came of age in 2016,” said CEO Joseph G. Morone in the company’s 2016 annual report. “Sales nearly doubled to $200 million, and earnings swung from a loss to $16 million. Progress was notably due to the fan blades and cases for LEAP, for the LiftFan and airframe of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and for fuselage frames for the Boeing 787. The production of these will accelerate in 2017 and again in 2018, and so will the intensity of the requirement to continuously improve safety, quality, delivery and cost.”