Mesa, Arizona – Boeing has received a contract to remanufacture 117 AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to the new, more capable AH-64E model. The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, carries a total contract value of about $1.5 billion.
The U.S. Army has stated it plans to acquire 690 AH-64E Apaches, 290 of which are now under contract with this latest award.
The agreement modifies an existing contact among Boeing and the Army for the full-rate production of lot 5 and lot 6 Apache helicopters. The Army will return 117 AH-64D Apaches to Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona, production center to be remanufactured into the AH-64E configuration. The Army followed a similar example when the AH-64A Apaches were remanufactured into AH-64Ds.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
Carlstadt, New Jersey – Steve Pegram has joined Hyundai WIA Machine America Corp., a global manufacturer of machine tools and production solutions, as vice president for the USA, Canada, and Mexico, with responsibility for sales and marketing, engineering, logistics, and customer support.
Pegram will help deliver a new focus for the business as it starts to increase market share in the North American markets with new advanced-specification products, total production solutions, and refined customer support.
As a global automotive brand, Hyundai has helped gain credibility in product design, technology, and quality; the same applies to the machine tool products that are now gaining market acceptance.
Hyundai WIA Machine America is one of the largest machine tool companies in the world, offering an extensive range of machine tools in America via a comprehensive and advanced distribution network.
Source: Hyundai WIA Machine America
Berlin, Germany – Airbus Group and Local Motors have launched a global co-creation challenge to identify the next generation of commercial UAS (drone) technology. The two companies are inviting amateurs and professionals alike into a joint project that includes a series of co-creation activities, online competitions, open-source projects, and hackathons all focused on designing a next-generation commercial UAS solution.
The first part of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge seeks to identify designs for drone aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and efficient forward flight. The challenge is taking place on Local Motors’ innovative co-creation platform, and the full details and technical specifications of the challenge can be found here.
Part of the inspiration behind this challenge is to identify better ways to transport medical supplies when time is of the essence and a life could be hanging in the balance. Imagine a doctor deep in the jungle having the ability to order urgently needed drugs from a hospital 100km away.
“As Local Motors and Airbus Group progress in this challenge, we expect our co-creation community to deliver the kind of amazing ideas that helped us build the world’s first co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “As we harness the power of the crowd, Airbus will have the ability to iterate on commercial drones faster than ever before. This will be a much-needed shot in the arm for civil drone development.”
This initial co-creation challenge will run through June 5 and offer $117,500 in total prize money. The evaluation of each entry will be conducted through a jury of experts in the field before potentially becoming part of an industrial program from Airbus.
“The Challenge initiative is really exciting and we are eager to see how the power of co-creation can accelerate new, innovative thinking around commercial drones,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems within Airbus Group.
Assisting Local Motors and Airbus Group on this challenge is Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc. (PACI), which will bring its technological experience in commercialization of robotics and unmanned systems to the project.
Source: Local Motors
Paris, France – Saft, a designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industrial and aerospace applications, has received the Best Performer Award from Airbus. The award, recognizing Saft’s ‘operational and industrial excellence on Airbus programs, was presented during the recent Supply Chain and Quality Improvement Program (SQIP) day at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France.
Saft has been an Airbus supplier since it was founded in 1970 and provides batteries for all Airbus aircraft in current production. Saft has been engaged for many years in the SQIP approach and this award recognizes the efforts undertaken by the operational teams within its production facility located at Bordeaux, France. The award is based on the analysis by Airbus of Saft’s commitment and performance in meeting demanding targets in terms of quality and deadlines.
"This prestigious award is an acknowledgement of the work completed by our teams to respond effectively to Airbus requirements. It also highlights the close partnership developed, over many years, with Airbus with a customer-oriented approach, a process of continuous improvement and operational excellence. After the excellent results in 2015 that have been rewarded by this trophy, we aim to maintain the momentum for 2016 and beyond, taking into account the new challenges related to the increasing production of A350 XWB" commented Patrick Sanchez, quality manager of the Saft Bordeaux factory.
Dover, Ohio – Allied Machine & Engineering Corp., a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, has completed the purchase of its European subsidiary, Allied Maxcut Engineering Co. Ltd. UK, which will now operate as Allied Machine and Engineering (Europe).
The acquisition streamlines Allied Machine and Engineering’s branding and increases global marketing opportunities. International advertising and customer support will now operate under the same global name.
Allied Machine purchased half of Allied Maxcut more than 20 years ago to gain a foothold in the European market. Since then, Allied Maxcut served as master distributor of Allied Machine’s products throughout Western Europe. In 2015, Allied purchased the remaining half of the business and has been integrating the operations to increase synergies, gain access to additional opportunities, and expand its global distribution capabilities.
Allied will continue to maintain the same strong technical support and customer service in Europe. The change also provides distribution benefits throughout Western Europe, as distributor networks will have access to Allied’s large product inventory. Global companies benefit by Allied’s expanded presence as field sales engineers who are more in touch with customers’ unique needs can now work closely with end users to solve their specific application challenges. In addition, the new organization facilitates meeting larger customers’ global cost reduction strategies.
“We have had a remarkable 23-year relationship with Allied Maxcut, during which they have done a terrific job of marketing and distribution in Europe,” said Steve Stokey, executive vice president of Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. “What started as a conversation about supplying Maxcut with spade drill products became a valued business partnership that has greatly benefitted both companies. This new chapter opens us up to a global marketing approach that will uncover numerous additional opportunities.”
Source: Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.