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EDITOR’S LETTER 

CHINA’S FUTURE 

PAX International 26 Pearl Street, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 1X2, Canada Tel: (1 905) 821-3344; Fax: (1 905) 821-2777 website: www.pax-intl.com

PUBLISHER Aijaz Khan E-mail: aijaz@globalmarketingcom.ca

EDITORIAL OFFICES Rick Lundstrom, Editor-in-Chief PAX International 723 Jefferson Street, NE Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA Tel: (1 612) 378-0862 Fax: (1 612) 378-0852 E-mail: rick@pax-intl.com Melissa Silva, Editor Tel: (1 905) 821-3344 x21 E-mail: melissa@pax-intl.com CONTRIBUTORS Mary Jane Pittilla

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ISSN 1206-5714 Key title: Pax International

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rowsing an online infographic from the research company Frost & Sullivan confirmed that our magazine’s desire to try, for the first time, publishing a portion of our editorial in Mandarin was a step worth taking. The introduction to a pricy report on the multi-billion cabin services industry reveals in a section called The Last Word, that indeed the future of cabin services products is tied directly to China manufacturing. The comments by Irene Tan of Recaro Aircraft Seating also reinforce the importance of the country in the future in a question and answer session on the company’s manufacturing plant in China. “As mentioned previously, our seating production capacity has doubled each year, and these numbers are driven by the demand from Chinese airline carriers,” said Recaro’s General Manager of Asia-Pacific, who headquarters in Hong Kong, but spends a lot of her time at the company’s threeyear-old facility in Qingdao. “Boeing has projected 15,130 new aircraft to be delivered to the Asia-Pacific region by 2035 and this number equals the total demand from America and Europe.” Like so many other industries that seek out Chinese labor, knowhow and infrastructure, the country will become a prime aircraft interiors manufacturing location in the future. After the initial introduction of the C919 aircraft, in just two short years, Frost & Sullivan predicts that the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China will be seeking out an increasing presence by local interiors suppliers. And, in a surprising conclusion, given the amount invested in the front cabin in recent years, the company said, “simpler and more utilitarian interiors are the future.”

Other important market drivers are the ones discussed on our pages and on the websites and blogs that cover this industry. Over the next three years, there will be a high demand for new cabin interiors, as a result of, naturally, new aircraft purchases. However, with the growth in aircraft demand also comes demand for weight reduction and increased efficiency. Companies, from the trolley manufacturers and the seating manufacturers we cover in this issue, are all doing their part to see that cabins of the future are filled with products that would have been unheard of only a few short years ago. But with the certainty there are also questions on how the cabin industry is taking shape. This report was published in May 2016, before the purchase of B/E Aerospace by Rockwell Collins. The company asks: has consolidation of the industry reached a logical conclusion? In this issue, and in past ones, we have reported on a number of robust, feisty start-ups that are making their own niche in a market dominated by three big players. In the few days we all spend in Hamburg, most of us will come away with more questions than answers. Some people have even told us that at least an additional day is needed to take in everything. That’s not in the cards for now, so the best bet is to listen carefully while visiting this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo, and bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

Rick Lundstrom Editor-in-Chief, PAX International www.pax-intl.com  |  PAX INTERNATIONAL  |  3

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