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Engineering group flying high with record deal

A Gloucester engineering company has won a £2 million deal at the new Airbus testing facility.

Group HES of Innsworth has landed a record contract with construction company Galliford Try, to supply four large ring mains at the new Airbus Wing Integration Centre (AWIC) in Filton.

The AWIC facility will be a development and testing centre for wing innovation in aircraft, as well for other large structural aircraft parts. Airbus will also open the facility up to other companies and universities, with its innovative, highly flexible and easily adaptable environment.

Group HES has secured the contract to supply, build and install the hydraulic ring main system, with four rings, which will power the machinery in the new AWIC centre, that Galliford Try are building for Airbus.

The project involves system design, manufacture of hydraulic power packs, electrical and control panels, on-site installation and commissioning, including over 1km of pipework. The company's previous investment in 3D CAD is invaluable in this project, as they can easily plan, design and manage the process.

Group HES will be investing £150,000 in special purpose machinery to end-form large bore high pressure pipes, to be able to offer up to 10" pipework. This will expand their abilities for future projects requiring larger bore pipework.

The group says it is proud to have won this record contract and is excited to be part of improving wing safety and innovation. Work has already stated on the project with the AWIC facility set to open in 2018.

Pictured: The winning team at Group HES

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