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Shanghai Aeroengine Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Aeroengine Manufacturing Plant
Shanghai Aero-engine Factory (SAF)

Shanghai Aviation Industrial (Group) Co., Ltd. (SAIC) is the core of Shanghai Aviation Industrial Group of China. SAIC is a state owned company of limited liability invested and established by China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC). Among the subordinate enterprises of SAIC are Shanghai Aircraft Manufacture Factory, Shanghai Aircraft Research Institute, Shanghai Aeroengine Manufacture Factory and Shanghai International Aero-Technology Trade Company. With regard to Shanghai Aircraft Manufacture Factory, Shanghai Aeroengine Manufacture Factory and Shanghai International Aero-Technology Trade Company, SAIC implements an administrative regime of parent-subsidiary form according to the system and mechanism for the management, monitor and operation of state asset.

The Shanghai Aero-engine Factory (SAF) was built in 1971-74, and was originally focused on the development effort for the WS8 turbofan to power the production Shanghai (SAIC) Y-10. This aircraft resembled the Boeing 707-120, the prototype being powered by imported JT3D-7 engines. A front-fan engine with a short bypass duct, the WS8 resembled the Pratt & Whitney JT3D, and was similarly rated at 80 kN (18,000 lb st). About 17 per cent was titanium, and new techniques at the time included anti-corrosion coating with cadmium and nickel, graphite varnish of titanium parts, and turbine blades with an aluminised silicon coating. The first WS8 engine began testing in June 1975. Eight prototype engines were built, one running a 1,000-hour test, one a 150-hour certification test and one flight tested, making eight flights totalling 22 hours.

The Y-10 was not put into production. The status of this facility and organisation has changed. Despite its name, the main focus of its activities is now manufacture of components for the automotive industry, and by the year 2010 had barely a thousand employees.

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