Geely Technology Group Launches Automated Production Line of Composite Materials for National General Aviation Aircraft

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Photo credit: Geely Technology Group, Aerofugia

In October, Geely Technology Group, a subsidiary of Geely Holding Group, launched its Wuhan-based general aviation manufacturing base, marking the official commission of what would be China’s first automated production line of composite materials for manufacturing national general aviation aircraft.

Specifically located in the Wuhan City Economic Development Zone, the facility covers a total area of ​​267,000 square meters. It integrates the R&D, production, assembly, testing and delivery of urban air vehicles, drones and other aeronautical products. According to the company, adding an automated production line can save more than 60% in labor costs compared to traditional manual aviation manufacturing lines and can achieve annual output of more 1,000 industrial-grade composite drones with a wingspan of over four meters.

“The Geely Aviation manufacturing base will take full advantage of Geely’s mature supply chain system, manufacturing system and abundant supplier resources to form clear advantages in efficiency, quality and cost,” said said Xu Zhihao, CEO of Geely Technology Group. “We will transform and modernize Wuhan’s industry. ”

Geely has been involved in the drone industry since 2017, when the group purchased American flying car company Terrafugia Inc. (Woburn, Mass., USA), founded in 2006 by a team of five MIT graduates. In September 2020, Terrafugia announced its merger with Chinese drone developer AOSSCI to form Aerofugia Technology (Chengdu) Co., Ltd. Geely also invested in Volocopter (Bruchsal, Germany) in September 2019. These acquisitions provided Geely with a new aviation solution in areas such as emergency rescue, aerial surveying and mapping. His two-headed dragon drone XC-25, for example, participated in the rescue of rainstorm “721” from Henan, Shenzhou 12, Chang’e 5 return cabin search and other missions. .

Geely Technology’s aviation business is expected to continue to reap its industrial advantages, cultivate Wuhan, and jointly promote the high-quality development of China’s general aviation industry.

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