INTERIOR MRO REPORT Boxmark’s new F/LIST leather flooring, developed in a partnership between Boxmark and F/LIST, is a real leather surface, which is optimized to meet high scratch, abrasion and slip resistance requirements
percent a year, and is clearly a growth market for Boxmark over the coming years, according to Schober. “The carriers of this region has been played a leading role when it comes to offering the latest in comfort and innovation for passengers. Therefore the Middle East market is one of the most important markets for Boxmark, because there are some big airlines, where we already deliver our products or where we are in contact to build up a co-operation,” he said. In 2017, Boxmark is already lining up different projects for Economy and Business Class seats for airlines as well as for some refurbishment projects for business and private jets. “The Middle East market will have a big influence on our business,” he concluded.
AIM Altitude flies high with new facility AIM Altitude designs, manufactures, certifies, and maintains ciples, shortening throughput times by reducing the discabin interiors for the world’s major airlines on Airbus, Boeing tance parts travel in manufacturing, improving the line-side and other OEMs’ aircraft. parts storage, shortening communications between departThe Middle East is AIM Altitude’s most important regional ments and improving visual management of projects. market and Emirates is the company’s biggest customer. This A customer experience area has also been introduced. fact was amply highlighted recently when Sir Tim Clark, PresiThis showcase area allows customers to visit AIM Altitude dent of Emirates, officially opened AIM Altitude’s new purposeand see existing products in a dedicated space, as well as built facility at Bournemouth Airport on December 19, 2016. a demonstration area where customers can see their products The opening ceremony was attended by Mahmood Ameen as they develop. and Nadir Bhola, Senior Vice President Engineering Projects The market-leading products and services of AIM Altiand Manager Engineering Projects of Emirates; Peer Wiebe, tude include premium customized monuments, social Vice President of Airbus; members of the Chinese Embassy spaces, bars, galleys and stowages, composite compo(AIM Altitude is owned by China-based AVIC International); nents and a full-service product support capability. and around 400 members of staff from AIM Altitude. AIM Altitude began working with Emirates in 2003 The ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the and, following a very successful project on its 777 air168,000 square foot facility, which brings the whole of AIM craft, progressed to undertaking projects for the airline’s Altitude’s Cabin Interiors division into one building and also A380 aircraft, namely the iconic lounge on the upper serves as the headquarters of the AIM Altitude group. Mark Edwards, CEO of AIM Altitude, said: “We were delighted to be able to welcome such esteemed guests to our new facility and we are very grateful to Sir Tim Clark for his role in the official opening. This also provided the opportunity to thank our staff for their hard work over the past year and we hope that the new facility will aid them in continuing to create world-leading cabin interiors.” The state-of-the-art factory encompasses new machinery, including an additional paint-and-bake booth, to bring the total to four painting booths, and a fully integrated preparation area, serving both paint and trim. The layout of the new shop floor facilitates process flow, with an open, flexible, main assembly area allowing product programs to be changed quickly if required. Key production leaders, production controllers and the qualPictured from left to right at the opening of AIM Altitude’s new headquarters at Bournemouth Airport, UK, are Mark Edwards, CEO, AIM Altitude; Mahmood ity team have also been integrated into production cells. Ameen, Senior Vice President Engineering Projects, Emirates; Sir Tim The whole facility has been built on lean prinClark, President of Emirates; and Peer Wiebe, Vice President, Airbus
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