Boeing's 787 supply chain has more than one link to Airbus. A Canadian company half-owned by Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence ...

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Boeing’s 787 supply chain has more than one link to Airbus. A Canadian company half-owned by Airbus parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) will supply a small part on the new jet directly to Boeing.

Composites Atlantic, headquartered in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, will produce a brace that helps attach the pylon to the 787 wing. The pylon is the structural part from which the engine hangs.

Texas-based Vought Aircraft Industries, one of Boeing’s major partners on the new airplane, revealed yesterday that it has subcontracted production of the aft pressure bulkhead for the 787 to an EADS subsidiary in Augsburg, Germany.

“We’re a first-tier supplier, albeit for a smaller part,” said Kevin Steck, Kent-based sales manager for Composites Atlantic.

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His company is half-owned by the province of Nova Scotia and half-owned by EADS, which owns 80 percent of Airbus. When Composites Atlantic announced the 787-contract win in late September, Boeing did not issue a press release.

For the first time on a commercial jet, the 787 pylon brace will be made from composites rather than aluminum to reduce weight. Steck said Composites Atlantic and Boeing did early development work on the part in the early 1990s — before his company became part of EADS.

He said Composites Atlantic also supplies anti-icing ducting on all Boeing widebodies.

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