On January 23, 2004, before numerous prominent national and international guests from federal and provincial political life, as well as from industry and the press, Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries, opened the new Diamond Composite production center in Wiener Neustadt, Heisenberg-Strasse 3-5.
The largest and most modern plant in Europe presently manufacturing this class of aircraft of synthetic materials was erected on an area of 10,900 square meters (117,000 square feet). This building project was completed in a record time of only 7 months, from go-ahead to start of production, including assembly of all machinery and systems.
Extremely high worldwide demand for the twin-engine four-seater, the DA42 Twin Star, and the single-jet five-seat D-JET, which is now under development, led the firm to construct new production facilities and to expand these sectors of its operations to meet the demand.
The aircraft parts produced here will move into the production chain of the existing factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and the branch works in Canada at London, Ontario, for final assembly. The expansion of operations allows for a total production capacity of up to 600 planes per year. In the medium to long term, orders for development and production may also be undertaken for promising applications of synthetic materials in fields other than aircraft construction.
At this time Diamond Aircraft Industries has some 500 employees on its payroll worldwide, and is continuing to strengthen its world market position as a leader in general aviation.
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