COMAC signs jet industrial chain deal with G60 Corridor cities

Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) signed a cooperative agreement with Yangtze River Delta G60 High-tech Corridor cities in Songjiang on June 18 to build a large passenger aircraft industrial chain.

The G60 High-tech Corridor vision is a cross-region development program between Songjiang and eight cities in the Yangtze River Delta – Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Jinhua and Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, and Xuancheng, Wuhu and Hefei in Anhui Province.

The large passenger aircraft industrial chain to be collectively forged will be a model of advanced manufacturing and good cooperation between central and local governments.

During the signing ceremony, COMAC issued its industrial cooperation guidance and supplier technology standards. It also launched a data base of large passenger aircraft suppliers and founded an additive manufacturing alliance.

So far 14 companies from the nine Corridor cities have been listed as COMAC’s qualified suppliers, three listed as its potential suppliers and about 1,000 included in its supplier data base (124 among them as first batch of key training firms).

“We hope to benefit from the driving effect of leading companies in the Corridor cities. We will depend on the region’s high industrial supporting ability and its regional clustering effect, launch collaborative research and tackle key technological problems together,” said Zhang Yinping, director of COMAC’s corporation development and planning department.

“Songjiang will contribute to the two national strategies – the Yangtze River Delta integrative development and the large passenger aircraft development – and cultivate its competitive aviation industrial clusters,” said Cheng Xiangmin, the suburban district’s Party secretary.