- Multi-year contract covering design and build of flight control surfaces for Joby eVTOL
- Advanced thermoplastic composites enable significant weight reduction and have a high recyclability
- Design and build for initial production to be delivered from GKN Aerospace’s all-new GTC in the Netherlands
Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), which is developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, and GKN Aerospace have today agreed a multi-year agreement for the supply of thermoplastic flight control surfaces for Joby aircraft. This collaboration, signed at the Paris Air Show, marks an important step towards Joby’s goal of using its aircraft to deliver a fast, quiet, and convenient air taxi service in cities around the world.
GKN Aerospace has been working closely with Joby on the application of an innovative thermoplastic concept specifically tailored to the Joby eVTOL aircraft. The flight control surfaces will be composed of a lightweight thermoplastic structure assembly, manufactured using an advanced out-of-autoclave production method. This cutting-edge manufacturing process will enable high-rate production while delivering on the high-performance requirements of Joby’s aircraft.
JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO of Joby, said, “We are very excited to be joining forces with GKN Aerospace. Their remarkable experience in aerospace manufacturing, combined with our innovative approach, will play an important role in making sure we deliver the best possible aircraft for this exciting new market”
Leveraging Joby’s design input as the aircraft integrator, GKN Aerospace will undertake the detailed design of the flight control surfaces. The development and initial production work will be carried out at the Global Technology Centre in Hoogeveen, Netherlands, before transitioning to GKN Aerospace’s facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. The final products will be delivered directly to Joby’s pilot production line in Marina, California.
This partnership aligns perfectly with GKN Aerospace’s mission to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the aerospace industry. The company has already made significant investments in sustainable aviation, including electric, hybrid-electric, and hydrogen-powered aircraft technologies. Joby’s leading position in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector complements GKN Aerospace’s commitment to sustainable aviation.
John Pritchard, President Civil Airframe at GKN Aerospace, said, “We are extremely excited to collaborate with Joby Aviation on this transformational project. Joby’s leading position in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector complements GKN Aerospace’s mission and together we are forging a path towards a more sustainable and efficient future for aviation.”
About GKN Aerospace
GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier, with a mission to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace designs, manufactures and delivers an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies – for use in commercial and defense aircraft ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger planes and advanced air mobility vehicles to the most advanced fighter aircraft. In line with its mission, GKN Aerospace is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, electrical wiring interconnection systems and innovative engine systems help to reduce emissions and weight on today’s aircraft, while it collaborates with global partners to accelerate the development of zero-emission aircraft technologies, including hydrogen-powered propulsion and all-electric flight. GKN Aerospace is market leading in aerostructures and engine systems, with 15,000 employees across its 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries.