Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC)
Chengdu State Aircraft Factory
No.132 Aircraft Plant
Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC), formerly known as "State 132 factory", was founded in 1958, and is engaged in design, development and production of aeronautical systems and non-aeronautical products. Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company Limited was formed as a group in 1998. In the aviation industry it is important for design, development and mass production of modern fighter aircraft. Chengdu Aircraft Industry Company, based in Sichuan Province, is China's second-largest fighter production base. Its output share is about 1/3 of the total output of China Aviation Industry Corporation I. It has total assets of more than 5 billion Yuan.
Located in the western suburbs of Chengdu, transportation is very convenient in this unique geographical location. It has a comprehensive complex of airport facilities and private roads, railway freight line, adjacent to the Chengdu transportation West train station. The company covers almost 5 million square meters, with more than 15,000 employees [as of 2008], including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and about one-thir who are engineering and management, form high quality, capable, specialized aviation personnel. The Chengdu Airframe Plant is located 6nm NW of Chengdu in the beautiful "Land of the heaven" Chengdu plain. As of early 1963 the fenced area was approximately 3,800 x 1,800 feet, and contained seven large fabrication-type buildings and approximately twenty-five other large buildings.
It possesses a batch of high-new equipment representing the world advanced aviation manufacturing level, and new technologies, new techniques and new materials that are widely applied in product design and manufacturing. It is awarded with the national "CIMS Application Leading Prize" and has established a quality management system meeting the international standard and passed the certification and registration by the third party; it is an excellent subcontract production contractor of international civil aircraft parts.
CAC is developing its business by following a "Main Body With Two Wings" development strategy, The development and production of military aircraft is the "main body," and the subcontract production of commercial aircraft parts/components and the production of mechanical and electric articles are the "two wings." After over half a century of development, in accordance with the "aviation-oriented, civil-military integration" development strategy, the Company has made important contributions to the construction of the national economy and for national defense construction. Development of military aircraft to achieve a "production generation, generation, advanced research, exploration generation trial-produced" pattern of military foreign trade for the international military aircraft market place. Fighters have won the special prize of national science and technology progress awards for aircraft engineering. The Dragon / FC-1 aircraft was awarded the defense technology industry model of weapon equipment development (major stage) Silver Award.
Products include the Chengdu J-7/F-7 fighter, based on the MiG-21. China acquired a licence to build the MiG-21F-13 (Fishbed C), though after the severing of ties between Russia and China, the Chinese had to reverse engineer the aircraft. The first Chinese-built aircraft flew in January 1966. Chengdu's FC-1 fighter aircraf program began in 1991 as a potential replacement for China's large fleet of aging J-7s, though primarily in respose to a requirement from Pakistan. The enterprise cooperated with Pakistan's Aviation Integrated Company and Russia's Mikoyan Aero-Science Production Group [MASPG] in the development of the FC-1. Israel and several European countries are being considered as suppliers for the plane's avionics. The first flight took place in 1997 with delivery to the Pakistani Air Force scheduled for 1999. Chengdu's J-10 multirole fighter was developed on the basis of some technology from the cancelled Israeli Lavi fighter.
Chengdu Aircraft has strong technical strength and international quality assurance system, with access to national, provincial level technological standards, a group with world's advanced level of technology, new equipment, new technology, new materials are widely used in the product design and manufacturing process. The company is national "CIMS application award for leading the" Aviation Enterprise. Chengdu Aircraft was a rapid development for more than 20 years to maintain profitability, with the cumulative paid profit the State hundreds of millions of dollars. Chengdu Aircraft won the national civilized units, the national quality award, the national "labor day" labor Medal, the national model staff House, the national Advanced Unit for ideological and political work, national advanced unit of spiritual civilization, the national excellent enterprise cultural construction unit, the central enterprise honorary title of advanced units and aviation units serve the major contribution, is China AAA level enterprise image units.
Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), founded in 1970, is a comprehensive research institute engaged in aircraft design and aero-space research. It has advanced design and test facilities, represented by major laboratory of fighter aircraft integrated simulation in aeronautical science. The institute has 1800 employees, including over 1300 technical persons. Among them, 60 are research fellows, 380 are senior engineers, and 650 are engineers. The institute covers over 80 disciplines, including fluid dynamics, engineering, engineering mechanics, mechanical structure, strength, vibration, electronics, flight vehicle design, electricity, instrument, radar, laser, vacuum, automatic control, environmental control, material application, computer and software development, reliability, information processing.
CAC is a key enterprise under AVIC I, manufacturing aircraft and bringing more than 16 years experience in providing components for more than 2,000 commercial airplanes. CAC's capabilities include composite and sheet metal manufacturing, numerically controlled machining, tooling design and build, and complex structure assembly and integration. Chengdu Aircraft, United States Boeing, and European Airbus companies have established good relations of cooperation, subcontracting production of Boeing aircraft parts, and Airbus civil aircraft parts such as A320/340 door. The company is noted for high quality and timely delivery of products to win the trust of customers. Chengdu Aircraft has become an excellent subcontractor for international civil aircraft parts.
McDonnell Douglas and China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) entered into an agreement in 1992 to co-produce 40 MD-80 and MD-90 aircraft in China for the country's domestic "trunk" routes. A contract revision signed in November 1994 reduced the number of aircraft to be built in China to 20 and called for the direct purchase of 20 U.S.-built aircraft. The four Chinese factories involved in the Trunkliner program include the Shanghai Aviation Industrial Corporation, Xian Aircraft Company, Chengdu Aircraft Company, and Shenyang Aircraft Company. The Shanghai facility was responsible for final assembly of the aircraft. All of these factories were under the direction of Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) and CATIC. CATIC is the principal purchasing arm of China's military as well as many commercial aviation entities.
CAC supports Boeing 757 and MD-80/-90 programs. Examples of major parts and assemblies built for Boeing by Chinese industry include the 757 empennage and aft fuselage section from Chengdu Aircraft Corp. For the Next-Generation 737, doors come from Chengdu Commercial Aircraft Co. For the 787, Chengdu is building composite rudders. For the 747-8, Chengdu is producing ailerons and spoilers. Chengdu, under contract with Northrop Grumman, produces the 757 empennage (horizontal stabilizer, vertical fin and tail section for Boeing. Chengdu Aerospace Company has been involved in manufacturing parts for Airbus aircraft as well as maintenance tools.
On 10 June 2004 Boeing [NYSE: BA], with China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II), signed memoranda of understanding to provide parts and assemblies for Boeing airplanes, including the rudder for the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner. The signing celebration at the Boeing China office marked the first announcement of Chinese suppliers selected for Boeing 7E7 opportunities. Boeing will work with Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd. (CAC), an AVIC I affiliated company, for supply of the rudder -- a key component of the vertical fin that provides stability for an airplane's directional control.
On 02 June 2005 Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced agreements with Chinese suppliers worth an estimated US$600 million for production of commercial airplane parts and components, including the first firm contract with such suppliers to build parts for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and General Manager, Airplane Production Carolyn Corvi represented Boeing in Beijing to finalize contracts for the 787 composite rudder, the 737 forward entry door and the 737 automatic over-wing exit door with Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd. (CAC), a China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I)-affiliated company.
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