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AERONAUTICS firm GE has begun the development of a 97,000 sq ft production facility in Hamble.

The composites production facility is part of a five-year £32.5m investment to support the company’s manufacture of wing components for the Airbus A350 XWB jetliner family.

‘Our new production capability at Hamble is part of investments that contribute to a transformation of GE Aviation’s aerostructures business as we meet the program requirements of today and in the future,’ said Steve Walters, general manager of mechanical systems for GE Aviation.

The development involves the complete conversion of two existing buildings at the historic Hamble-le-Rice aviation production site to create the new facility, which will include a huge clean room, and non-destructive testing facilities.

It is expected to be completed in early 2015.