Airbus Tianjin Logistics has become fully operational with the opening of its new facilities in the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Comprehensive Bonded Area, European aircraft maker Airbus has announced.
The facility's main purpose, which follows a logistics design similar to Europe, is to optimise and support supply chain management of industrial cooperation programmes of EADS and Airbus in China, the statement said.
A ceremony was held to mark the opening of Airbus (Tianjin) Logistics. Government officials, representatives of Airbus and its partners, and other aviation industry professionals attended the event. By establishing this logistics company in Tianjin, Airbus aims in particular to optimise all transport and logistics activities related to Airbus in China as part of its worldwide supply chain.
A number of Chinese companies are directly involved in manufacturing parts and components for Airbus aircraft. These companies are located in different cities, including Harbin, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai, and each supply chain is organised separately. A harmonised and streamlined supply chain will increase the efficiency of the Airbus production lines and reduce logistics costs.
"Airbus (Tianjin) Logistics will provide strong support to all industrial exchanges between China and the rest of the world, which are needed as a result of our expanding industrial activities in China. The Airbus logistics centre in Tianjin is another step forward in our cooperation with Tianjin, where we already have the A320 Family Final Assembly Line and Delivery Centre," said Airbus China president Laurence Barron. "This improvement in our logistics set-up will also support the production of the A350 XWB, of which five per cent of the airframe will be manufactured in China."
In October 2009, Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding with Tianjin Free Trade Zone on the establishment of a logistics hub in Tianjin. In 2010, the logistics centre started operations in temporary facilities, having served already two major aeronautic projects in Tianjin: the A320 wing equipping project and the assembling and testing of the wing slats by SINELSON AERO (Tianjin) to be installed on aircraft assembled at the FALC, the Shipping Gazette reports.