Airbus Helicopters and the Hungarian Government have selected the eastern town of Gyula to host a new manufacturing facility to build parts for the company’s full line of helicopters.
The new installation will be built up from scratch and will be the core of an emerging Hungarian aeronautics cluster, according to Airbus.
The announced was made in Budapest by Airbus Helicopters Chief Executive Bruno Even and Gáspár Maróth, Hungary’s commissioner for national defense industry and defense development and coordination of armament modernization.
Construction of the new installation is part of an agreement Airbus and Hungary signed at the end of 2018 to create an industrial cooperation for long term aviation projects.
The new plant will manufacture high precision metallic elementary parts for dynamic systems onboard the entire range of Airbus helicopters. Production is expected to start in 2021. The Hungarian government plans to establish capabilities for metallic surface treatment and an aerospace academy to support the new Airbus site by training the future workforce.
The new entity will be a joint venture between Airbus and a Hungarian governmental partner. Airbus will hold the majority of the shares and will operate the plant.
“Hungary offers us the opportunity to implement our industrial strategy based on the specialization of our sites and to set up a greenfield aerospace complex according to the most modern industry requirements,” Even said. “We also can rely on a skilled and well-educated workforce. I’m looking forward to welcoming Hungary as a new member of the global Airbus Helicopters family.”