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Lilium partners with Aciturri to create “bespoke high-quality” airframe for Jet

By Chris Stonor

Lilium announced this week a new partnership with Spanish company, Aciturri, a “leading global manufacturer of aero structures and aero engine components”, reports a company press release. The partnership follows “a competitive procurement process and is a significant step towards prototyping for serial production of the Lilium Jet.”

Aciturri is to take over the production of the Jet’s primary composite structures, using materials supplied by Toray Industries. The partnership will collaborate on a bespoke design, “accounting for the industrialisation of the manufacturing process, the design of the complex fuselage structure, as well as the highly integrated canards and wing structures which support the aircraft propulsion systems.”

Yves Yemsi, Chief Program Officer at Lilium, said, “Few companies in the world have mastered designing and manufacturing aerospace composite structures like Aciturri. This is imperative as we manage de-risking high volume production of our aircraft.

Alvaro Fernandez Baragaño, CEO at Aciturri, added, “This long-term partnership allows us to work collaboratively with Lilium through its early operational years and beyond. We will continue to explore new methods and advanced technologies to ensure production of the highest quality and at growing scale.”

Alvaro Fernandez Baragaño

Aciturri is a Spanish run family company founded in 1977. With a turnover in 2019 of EUR623 million, the firm has two lines of business: Design, manufacture and assembly of aero structures (wing assemblies, fuselage, empennage, etc) and the manufacture of engine components  (primary structures, casings, rings and high precision machining).

Its leading customers include Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Boeing, Embraer, Safran Landing Systems, Safran Aircraft Engines, ITP Aero, and Rolls Royce. The company employs over 2,200 employees and has factories in Spain, Portugal and Brazil.

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