Airbus and parent EADS yesterday selected "preferred bidders" for the partial divestiture of six industrial plants to "partners," tabbing GKN, Latecoere and MT Aerospace. The company plans to sell outright to GKN the wing component and subassembly manufacturing part of its Filton plant in the UK. It will enter into a joint venture with Latecoere for ownership of French sites Meaulte and St. Nazaire Ville, with Airbus retaining a "substantial minority holding." EADS and Airbus similarly will ...

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