Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Archer begins construction on its high-volume manufacturing facility

Archer Aviation has begun construction on its high-volume manufacturing facility project in Covington, Georgia.

The planned approximately 350,000-square-foot facility is strategically located adjacent to the Covington Municipal Airport. It will most likely be the first of its kind to be able to produce up to 650 aircraft per year. This type of high-volume manufacturing facility is believed to be a first for the eVTOL industry.

The Covington facility will be capable of being expanded by an additional 800,000 square feet, which is estimated to support long-term production targets of up to 2,300 aircraft per year.

The news comes after the company officially announced its partnership with Stellantis to manufacture Midnight aircraft. This unique partnership will leverage each company’s respective strengths and competencies to bring the Midnight aircraft to market.

Archer brings its world-class team of eVTOL, electric powertrain, and certification experts, while Stellantis will contribute advanced manufacturing technology and expertise, experienced personnel, and capital to the partnership.

This combination is intended to enable the rapid scaling of aircraft production to meet Archer’s commercialization plans while allowing Archer to strengthen its path to commercialization by helping it avoid hundreds of millions of dollars of spending during the manufacturing ramp-up phase. The goal is for Stellantis to mass produce Archer’s eVTOL aircraft as its exclusive contract manufacturer.

“We are thrilled to be taking this next important step as we work closely with Stellantis to ramp up our high-volume manufacturing capabilities at this new facility in Covington, GA,” said Adam Goldstein, Archer’s Founder, and CEO. “The key to unlocking the promise of what the eVTOL aircraft industry can bring is scale, and we are thrilled by the support the State of Georgia and Newton County are providing to this first-of-its-kind facility in such an exciting new industry.”