Aerospace companies from France and Hong Kong set a deal in NC

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A New Partnership Shows Strength of Aviation Industry in the Triad

Today the HAECO and Airbus announced Airbus will now feature two of HAECO’s aircraft seats in their online catalog.

NC is attractive to Aerospace Companies

AIRBUS and HAECO recognize value

While the world is engaged in a trade war instigated by the US, Europe’s largest aerospace enterprise and Hong Kong’s, and one of the world’s, leading independent aircraft engineering and maintenance groups are planting their flags in the North Carolina soil.

Airbus SE is a European corporation, registered in the Netherlands and trading shares in France, Germany and Spain. It designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aeronautical products worldwide and manufactures in multiple countries both inside and outside of the European Union. Its North America headquarters are in Herndon, VA and its largest US manufacturing plant is in Mobile, Alabama .

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (香港飛機工程公司) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, HAECO Americas (previously TIMCO) full service provider of airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and produces aerospace manufactured products to a broad array of commercial, government and military customers. Relevant to its work with AIRBUS, the NC company’s cabin solutions division – HAECO Cabin Solutions, an FAA-certified ODA, provides interior design engineering, certification and project integration for all fleets. It also manufactures interior products including the Vector™ series aircraft seats, as well as galleys, lavatories, and stowage products.

Airbus will now feature two of HAECO’s aircraft seats in their online catalog. HAECO executives say the partnership will give them access to customers from across the world. As the company generates more business, the need for more employees could increase.

Aviation Triad is an organization intent on attracting new aerospace jobs for the Triad region. It is composed of aviation businesses, Chambers of Commerce and aviation training institutions.

NCDOT Division of Aviation and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, in cooperation with other branches of the Governors’ administration and local organizations (like the Triad) have been most effective in persuading aeronautical concerns to locate in the Tar Heel state. Most notably, they landed Honda Jet as evidenced by this quote:

WE LOOKED AT LOCATIONS EVERYWHERE, INCLUDING SEATTLE, TEXAS AND ATLANTA. OVERALL, NORTH CAROLINA [AND GREENSBORO] MET OUR CRITERIA BEST.

– Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company

 

According to PWC, North Carolina ranks #4 in a list of states most attractive to aerospace manufacturers. The report cited include North Carolina “due to its strong scores in economy and industry, as well as boasting the lowest corporate income tax rate in the US.”

 

 

This is a big deal for the Triad and a fascinating move in the chess game known as global aerospace manufacturers’ competition.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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