Yesterday I posted this message on an older thread. Because it is interesting and I am afraid not everyone reads these oldies, I post this message again. It deals around a possible restart of the Fokker (jet) production under the name Rekkof. I translated this newspaper text from the Dutch newspaper "Metro". I don't know the date, other than that W Bush had only just been elected. Still this article is interesting, because according to it, the decission to produce the Fokkers will be made shortly.
"COMPANY DOCTOR" JOEP VAN DEN NIEUWENHUIZEN HASN'T GIVEN FOKKER UP YET. 5 YEARS AFTER THE DEMISE OF FOKKER THE INDUSTRIAL WANTS TO PRODUCE F70'S AND F100'S IN CHINA.
Van den Nieuwenhuizen is in negotiations with two possible partners: an Chinese airplane manufacturer and Hutchinson Whampoa of Hong Kong. Although the three (no type-error) are according to Van den Nieuwenhuizen "highly commited", the realisation of his plans depend on further investigation. By June next year this investigation should be completed. After that the decission will be made.
The demand for small planes has increased enourmesly the last few years, according to Van den Nieuwenhuizen. "A Fokker 70 should be offered below 20 miljon Dollar" (to be competitive), says Van den Nieuwenhuizen. It isn't the first tines that attempts are made to restart Fokker-production. Van den Nieuwenhuizen tried as early as 1996. It then failed because of rejections from suppliers (mainly the wing producer; Shorts).
According to later reports there are (were?) two Chinese companies involved. One of them being AVIC. Perhaps that's also the reason the paper said "Although the THREE are...".
An other article also said that there might even be a bank willing to back Rekkof up. Though this was highly uncertain.
So the question is now, has this research been completed, and has a decision been made, or will it be made soon. If anyone knows, I (and I believe many others) would love to hear it.
Perhaps there are any Hutchinson Whampoa employees here that can inform us, or employees of the Chinese companies involved?
Peter ten Thije