SABCA is one of the main aerospace companies in Belgium. Founded in 1920, it has built an extensive and varied know-how based on its 90+ years experience in designing, building and upgrading large and complex elements for aircraft and space launchers. SABCA’s customers and partners belong to the elite of the aerospace world and are spread worldwide. SABCA was among the early participants in the European space programs and has since more than 40 years designed and manufactured major elements of the European Spacelab and large parts of the Ariane and Vega launchers.
SABCA civil aircraft production started with the outer wings of the Fokker 27/50 family, the flaps of the Dassault Mercure, the flaps again for the VFW-614 and other more or less successful projects. However, the civil aircraft activity really took a boost in 1989 when a first risk-sharing contract was signed with Airbus. Since that day, SABCA has been selected as a partner for all new Airbus programs, including the giant A380, the A400M and the new A350 XWB-800/900. SABCA also designs and produces metallic and composite sub-assemblies for the Dassault (900/2000/7X and SMS) and Gulfstream business jets programs.
In 1992, SABCA moved a step forward with the creation of a fully-owned subsidiary, SABCA Limburg NV, specialized in the production of high-tech composites. In 2012, SABCA proposes "low cost" solutions through its participation in the Moroccan subsidiary ASM Aero.