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GKN Aerospace has opened facility South Carolina to support Boeing 787 assembly there.

Aerospace and structures manufacturer GKN (Chalet 355) is setting its sights on expansion in Asia as it seeks out new acquisitions.

With the integration of Fokker Technologies now complete following its purchase from owners Arle Capital in 2015, GKN Aerospace CEO Kevin Cummings is now keen to increase the company’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We truly have a global presence, with 55 manufacturing sites around the world . . . but we are underrepresented in Asia and we have to be there,” Cummings told ShowNews in London.

“If you look and see that 40% of all new aircraft will be purchased there, then there becomes a certain need to manufacture there.”

The company currently has around 10% of its people in Asia, and Cummings said he would like to see more balance in the company’s activities in the region. He cites the growing number of ambitious indigenous aircraft programs in the region, such as China’s C919 narrowbody airliner, which took to the air in early May.

“India will likely have its own aspirations,” he added.

GKN’s pivot to Asia may already be paying dividends. Here at the Paris Air Show the company has announced that its Fokker has signed a contract with the Honda Aircraft Co. to manufacture the electrical wiring and interconnection system for the HondaJet lightweight business jet and has signed a long-term agreement with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries to produce low-pressure compressor (LPC) canes for the PW1100G-JM and PW1400G-JM geared turbofan engines.

The deal covers work out to 2027.

The push to find new opportunities in Asia comes as the company moves to integrate GKN operations and those of Fokker into one company, a process expected to be complete by

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