Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 1300) is gradually building parts inventory levels at its new super-warehouse near Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and is already beating its own performance targets at the facility, which opened last December. By the end of next month, the airframer expects to have some 25,000 individual parts on the shelves, a total that could grow to 40,000.
Supply chain management
The completion two months ago of Dubai International Capital’s £700 million ($1.3 billion) takeover of Doncasters has brought stability and fresh opportunity to the UK engineering group. Chief executive Eric Lewis has confirmed that the firm will now target acquisition opportunities in North America and Asia.
Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.
Aviall of Dallas has teamed with Click Commerce to help it undertake collaborative commerce with its suppliers and customers. Aviall claims to be the world’s largest independent distributor of new aviation parts.
CRS continues to expand support for the business jet community by increasing its parts distribution for Challengers, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Hawkers and Falcons. It has added inventory of high-usage parts to the company’s West Coast facility in Chatsworth, Calif. CRS specializes in support programs for corporate aircraft operators around the world.
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has instituted a new program to enhance spares availability for Beechcraft owners, operators and maintenance providers. API, which provides distribution and supply chain services to the aviation industry, has purchased an inventory of Beech legacy spare parts to support all Beech models including the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Ship it AOG, a business aircraft parts distributor, has relocated to a larger facility at Dallas Addison Airport. A new 7,000-sq-ft space is nearly five times the size of the previous headquarters.
Bombardier is looking to boost its parts distribution performance with the opening of two new “super warehouses.” A new facility opened at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and another new parts depot at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport will be fully operational in November. The Frankfurt depot will be bonded, meaning that parts will clear customs as soon as they arrive and will be available for immediate distribution.
Last year, representatives for Aero Products Component Services (Booth No. 1223) realized that the company was running out of warehouse and overhaul space. That’s not necessarily bad news, and the helicopter support company has since expanded with a 10,500-sq-ft addition at its Tempe, Ariz. corporate headquarters.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened earlier this month a 56,000-sq-ft parts distribution center in Frankfurt, Germany. The Canadian OEM began increasing parts availability in Europe in February by adding inventory to its London warehouse. These and other efforts to improve parts availability and distribution speed are part of an effort by the company to significantly upgrade customer support.