When it comes down to it, there is little to cheer about for most aviation industry suppliers in the midst of this global pandemic. Traffic is down, production rates have crashed, and survival has become the new norm. But there are bright spots, one of them being awards to suppliers who have exceeded expectations of OEMs and shown to be deserving of contract extensions once conditions return to normal.
Bombardier just announced its Diamond Certification to five suppliers for excellence in their operational performance and commitment to continuous improvement in 2019. “Our suppliers are the key to our success, and they are at the heart of helping us to deliver the industry’s finest products,” said Shauna Gamble, Chief Procurement Officer, Bombardier Aviation. “The Diamond Supplier program motivates the most engaged and efficient professionals in the industry to work together to meet Bombardier’s objectives and continue to exceed customer expectations.”
The five Diamond suppliers in 2019 are AIDC, DIEHL Aerospace GmbH, FACC Operations, Placeteco Inc, and Plastiques Flexibülb Inc.
Plastiques Flexibülb specializes in the design, development, manufacturing, and integration of aircraft interiors systems, components, and ground support equipment. Plastiques Flexibülb Inc. supplies non-metallic components for Bombardier aircraft programs. It is located in Trois Rivièies, Quebec.
Placeteco specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of high-quality non-metallic and composite components and sub-systems for the aerospace industry, including Bombardier aircraft. It is located in Quebec.
FACC Operations is a global technology leader. FACC Operations specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of the wing-to-body fairing for the Bombardier Global 7500 and Challenger 350 programs. It is based in Austria.
DIEHL Aerospace GmbH delivers products for the Global 7500 cabin and emergency lighting system. Approximately 700 lighting system components are installed in Global 7500 aircraft. It is based in Nuremberg, Germany.
Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) specializes in the design, analysis, development, testing, manufacturing, and integration of aircraft. AIDC has worked with Bombardier for more than 20 years, specializing in the Challenger 350, Learjet and Global 7500 programs. AIDC is based in Taiwan.
With the recovery in business aircraft moving faster than the commercial market, volumes should soon be returning to near normal for these and other business aircraft suppliers, which is good news for our industry.