The vertical tail planes for all Airbus aircraft are produced in Stade – one of the world’s leading centres in the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the weight-saving composite material that Airbus has increasingly incorporated into its aircraft.
The pressure bulkheads for the A330, A340 and A380 are also part of Stade’s production responsibilities.
For the A350 XWB, Stade produces the upper-wing shell, the largest integrated carbon fibre component ever made by Airbus, along with the A350 XWB vertical tail plane and CFRP fuselage shells.
Stade also manufactures vertical tail planes and wing skins for the A400M.
Stade is the only city in Germany with its own currency, the Stadette, but it can only be used for parking meters and car parks.