No 'brutal' shakeup in Airbus roles, says Loos

11th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 11, 2006 (AFP) - French junior industry minister Francois Loos insisted Wednesday there would be no "brutal" shakeup in the role of France and Germany in the production of Airbus airliners.

PARIS, Oct 11, 2006 (AFP) - French junior industry minister Francois Loos insisted Wednesday there would be no "brutal" shakeup in the role of France and Germany in the production of Airbus airliners.

"The collaboration between the two countries and the many factories that participate in production is something that will not change. It evolves gradually," Loos told BFM radio.

"The competence that exists in Germany is a competence that must be reinforced and improved ... There will be no brutal change in orientation in these areas."

Airbus is currently struggling with a management and production crisis that has sparked major delays to its critical A380 superjumbo program and led to the resignation of its chief executive.

An Airbus assembly plant in Hamburg has frequently been held responsible for delays in the production of the A380, which have been attributed to problems at the factory with the installation of electrical cabling.

Airbus assembly takes place in both Hamburg and Toulouse, France and there has been speculation that under the new chief executive, Frenchman Louis Gallois, more work could be concentrated at the southern French plant.

Asked if Airbus' woes were strictly industrial or Franco-German in nature, Loos replied: "Both."

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