GKN Aerospace Maintenance and Repair Business Continues with Strong Growth Across the Board

4/20/2006 8:00 AM
Aerospace - Aftermarket

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GKN Aerospace has moved further towards becoming a global MRO provider with the addition of two vital new services to its portfolio and strong growth achieved across its aero-engine support, aircraft transparencies repair and replacement, and composite and metallic component repair businesses.

Two major new services have resulted from the Company’s investment programme in its MRO activity: Centralised, global customer service centres for the maintenance and repair of transparencies; and a new, comprehensive radome test facility.

Frank Bamford, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, of GKN Aerospace comments: “We have worldwide sales today of over $1bn of which 15% is derived from our aftermarket business. We continue to see this growing and are actively building upon this solid base. We are working with both our OEM and airline customers to ensure the highest level of service provision and the addition of the Transparency Service Centres, along with our investment in radome repair, make clear statements concerning our long term intent in this market. We are now looking at how we bring our extensive structural composite expertise to the aftermarket environment.”

The new Transparency Service Centres have already secured increased long term airline business by offering customers a single point of contact and by providing strategic parts stocking to support both airlines and MRO demand. The first long term contracts, covering flight deck windows, have been awarded by Northwest Airlines and American Airlines. Strategic stocking of parts has ensured airlines can have confidence in GKN Aerospace to supply parts on demand. This enables internal airline inventories to be reduced and brings critical cost and efficiency benefits.

The new radome test range, at Fort Worth, Texas, provides customers with a comprehensive service which includes testing each radome for radar transmission efficiency after manufacture or repair. The facility is able to test every type of aircraft radome, from corporate and regional to large commercial and military aircraft and is already approved by the FAA to test an array of regional and commercial aircraft radomes. By the end of the second quarter of 2006, the facility will have added the Boeing 737 all series radome repairs and testing to its operations specification.

In aero-engine support, 2005 saw real business growth with a number of contract wins including an award from Lufthansa Technik to supply assemblies for the CFM56-5A engine; an announcement of growing work with Snecma Services on the CFM56-5B engine; a fifth contract award in less than 2 years from the Unites States Air Force to support the F-100 engine which equips the F-15 and F-16 aircraft; and an award with a potential value of $100m, to supply titanium inlet cases for the Pratt and Whitney TF33 engine for the B-52 and KC-135E aircraft.

GKN Aerospace also achieved valuable growth in the maintenance and repair of composite and metallic assemblies. With a specialisation in advanced composite and bonded structure repair, and a wealth of composite structure experience the latest addition to this ever-growing business is the all series component repairs for the Airbus A300, 310, A300-600, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340 These repairs include flight control surfaces, radomes, gear doors, access covers and doors, interior components, slats and other non-structural components. The Company already offers overhaul and primary and secondary structure composite repair for the V-22, ATR 42/72, Saab 340/2000 ERJ 145/135 and Emb120, Canadair RJ, BAe 146, AvroRJ, Shorts, Learjets, Hawker, Dash-8 and Jetstream among others.

“We are investing time and money into our customer service and support operation globally and the growth and success we are already seeing is exciting for our team.” Bamford continues. “We have an extensive worldwide support network from which our customers benefit, and strong long term partnerships both with our suppliers and our customers. We continuously examine our offering to the market to ensure we provide the service and capability our customers require for the future.”