In August of 2013, Rockwell Collins agreed to acquire Arinc, a manufacturer of commercial flight systems, for $1.39 billion. The announced deal came out a time when the US government is make drastic budget cuts in defense spending, a move which has affected many of the largest US defense contractors. The acquisition is intended to subsidize the losses that Rockwell Collins was taking from budget cuts by moving its business away from government work and into commercial work. The move will also greatly augment the company’s aviation information management offerings. By the year 2014, commercial business is expected to total 54% of Rockwell Collin’s total business.

Financially, Rockwell Collins is acquiring Arinc from Carlyle Group for $1.39 billion, a company which generated $600 million in revenue in 2013. However, from a strategic standpoint, there are many intangibles at play, one of which is the acceleration of their information management solutions development. They are currently working on expanding their portfolio of information-enabled products and systems, and the acquisition of ground-based networks from Arinc will greatly assist in the process. The deal will be move Rockwell Collins away and decrease its dependency on the aircraft business as well as government business. Rockwell Collins is a US-based international avionics and information technology systems company that supports government agencies and aircraft manufacturers. Since their inception in 1933, they have since grown to become a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company that generates in excess of $4.61 billion in annual revenue.

Rockwell Collins employs over 20,000 people over its three divisions: Commercial Systems, Government Systems, International and Service Solutions, and Information Management Solutions. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Rockwell Collins to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-fasteners.com and contact us today at sales@asap-fasteners.com for a quote.

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Spirit Aero Systems Holdings Inc., one of Boeing’s major suppliers and also a first-tier aero structures manufacturer, just reported higher-than-anticipated quarterly profit. Thanks to higher margins, the company was able to raise its full-year profit forecast once again as major customers and aircraft manufacturers around the world are increasing production. Shares of Spirit Aero Systems rose by 5% and company revenue rose by 12.6% percent, bringing total revenue to $1.69 billion in the third quarter. Spirit shares also rose to $3.35-$3.45 per share from $2.90-$3.05 per share, with total estimated revenue increased to $6.8-$6.9 billion.

The revenue growth can be attributed to the higher margins in the fuselage business, which is currently the company’s largest revenue contributor. Over the course of the year, company stock has increased by a total of approximately 15%. Boeing and Airbus have both seen sales increase dramatically, as newly-developed fuel-efficient jets are resulting in an increase in orders that have trickled down the supply chain. Boeing and Airbus both procure parts from Spirit Aero Systems among other suppliers, choosing to source a majority of parts from suppliers as opposed to building it themselves. 84% of Spirit’s annual revenue comes from Boeing. Spirit Aero systems, a Kansas-based company, generates over $5.4 billion in annual revenue, making it the world’s largest aero structures manufacturer.

Since its inception in 1927, it has grown to become a publicly-traded company on the NYSE with over 12,000 employees. The company currently develops some key components of Boeing aircraft, including the fuselage for the 737 and 787 as well as the cockpit. It also produces fuselage sections and front wing spars for some Airbus aircraft, particularly the Airbus A350. Main competitors include Vought Aircraft Industries, Goodrich, Alenia, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, specializes in the distribution of aerospace products around the world for both commercial, civil, and military applications. We work with Spirit Aero systems to ensure we carry the most highly-demanded spare parts for your aircraft requirements. Browse our capabilities on www.asap-fasteners.com and contact us today at purchase@asap-fasteners.com for a quote.

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Founded in 1929, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation was created from the merger of the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Company and the Wright Aeronautical Corporation (of Orville and Wilbur Wright fame, the brothers responsible for the world’s first successful flight). Now a publically traded company of considerable breadth and resources, the Curtiss-Wright Corporation took in a fiscal year 2013 revenue of over $2.5 billion and is staffed by a workforce of 10,000.This year, effective as of January 2014, the company substantially consolidated and restructured their business segments.

Previously, the company’s primary businesses were organized into a flow control segment (with 52% of sales, containing highly engineered products for electro-mechanical systems, nuclear equipment, oil and gas systems, and marine and power products), a controls segment (with 36%, containing defense products such as radar and signal processors, flight systems, avionics, and integrated sensors), and a surface technologies segment (with 12%, containing servicing and testing products such as laser peening, shot peening, and specialty coatings).The company’s new structure is divided into three primary business segments with flow and controls product categories incorporated as subdivisions. The new organization contains: the commercial/industrial segment (with 39% of sales and subsuming flow products for commercial aerospace, controls products for commercial aerospace and industrial, and all surface technologies), the defense segment (with 34% of sales with flow products for defense, power generation and general industrial, and controls products for defense), and the energy segment (with 27% and flow products for aftermarket power generation and oil and gas). This new structure places more emphasis on the end markets rather than arranging businesses according to product type.The magnitude of the company’s product portfolio is overwhelming in scale and scope. Curtiss-Wright’s commercial/industrial segment is divided into three divisions: the industrial division (offering products such as linear & rotary position sensors, joystick controllers, electronic throttle controls, by-wire transmission shifters, mobility control systems, valves, and critical process valves for oil and gas – including isolation valves, butterfly and triple offset butterfly valves, and solenoid, gate and globe valves), the sensors & controls division (offering products for commercial aerospace, aerospace defense, and ground defense applications such as actuation systems, linear and rotary position sensors, and gearboxes), and finally the surface technologies division. The company’s second segment offers all manners of defense solutions.

For aerospace, ground, naval, commercial, oil and gas, and general industrial applications, this segment offers products within a defense solutions division and an EMS division. The solutions division offers products including: air data systems, airborne surveillance, mission computers, data communications, propulsion systems, ruggedized computers, SBC, DSP, graphics, and I/O cards, and much more. The EMS division contains products for naval defense and power generation including: nuclear propulsion system components, aircraft carrier launch and retrieval equipment, instrumentation, submarine equipment, and reactor coolant pumps for the nuclear Westinghouse AP1000 reactor. Finally, the company’s energy segment offers products for nuclear applications, as well as for the oil and gas industries. Products include heat exchangers, tensioning devices, snubbers, fasteners, critical process valves, delayed coking equipment (such as retractable injection devices and coke drum transition spools), fluidic catalytic cracking equipment, and much more.

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Grimes Manufacturing Company was one of the very first aircraft lighting design and manufacturing company. Now owned Honeywell Aerospace, Grimes Manufacturing Company continues to revolutionize the aerospace industry. This blog will give you some background information on the founder of Grimes Manufacturing Company.Warren G. Grimes is known in history as the "Father of the Aircraft Lighting Industry." In 1898, he was born in rural Montgomery County, a few miles from where the Wright Brothers had lived and worked to develop the very first flying aircraft. Living almost his entire childhood as an orphan, Warren Grimes did not have much adult guidance. At the age of 15, he ran away from his orphanage in Tiffin, Ohio in order to live with his brother, Frank, in Detroit. Warren began his career by working for Henry Ford at the Ford motoring plant. He left once he became a partner in a small electrical business operation. Henry Ford took notice to this and approached Grimes in the mid-1920s and requested him to design lighting for the Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft. Not only did Grimes produce a light that would change the industry, he completed this task in only 48 hours. Warren Grimes moved to Urbana, Ohio in the 1930s and started his legacy, the Grimes Manufacturing Company. He purchased a farm in which he constructed both an airstrip as well as his own residency.

The airstrip that Grimes had built is now known as the Grimes Field Airport. Warren Grimes is the person who developed and manufactured the "familiar red, green, and white navigation lights found on the wing tips and tails of all aircraft we see today." He also invented other electrical fixtures that are still currently used in the aircraft industry including instrumental, landing, and interior lights. By the time World War II started, Grimes Manufacturing Company had grown to a large enough size to support the lighting needs of the American military aviation industry. It has been noted in history that "every American-made airplane flown during World War II was equipped with Grimes lights." Grimes Manufacturing Company is now a division of Honeywell Aerospace and continues to develop new technology of lighting systems for aerospace and transportation industries.

ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary and specialized aviation website ASAP Fasteners, works directly with Grimes Aerospace to supply aircraft parts for all your requirements. We are very strong when it comes to inventory and Tier 1 pricing on aircraft lighting. Contact us today at purchase@asap-fasteners.com for a quote to see how we can assist you today.

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For over a hundred years, The Boeing Company has been a reliable and major contributor to the US military and many allies abroad. Boeing’s defense unit has been highly successful in the fighter jet market, particularly with their F/A-18 fighter jets that have been at the core of all US military branches for several decades. To this day, F-18 fighter jets are still being used in US airstrikes in northern Iraq and Syria against ISIS militants. Even the F-15 Strike Eagle, a multi-role strike fighter, has proven to be superior in both air-to-ground and air-to-air combat over the past three decades.This aircraft is also still in use in combat operations.However, Boeing is starting to be faced with the prospective of a much less brighter future than it has enjoyed for years. Production of the F-18 could end as early as 2017, with the production line of the F-15 also scheduled to end by 2019. In its place, the Pentagon has moved forward with development plans for their newest next-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, spearheaded by Lockheed Martin.

The new program has been drying up funds for Boeing’s fighter jets and Boeing’s defense division has begun to plan for alternative business, essentially conceding the fighter market to Lockheed Martin.Possibly plans to prolong fighter production include slowed production of the F-18 in efforts to persuade the Pentagon to fund additional purchases for several military branches. This would buy enough time for potential international customers such as Canada and Denmark to come to a decision on additional fighter jet purchases. However, the president of the Boeing, Defense, Space & Security unit has admitted that “You have to face reality,” and has been allocating more resources elsewhere, such as military versions of the commercial jetliners, such as the P-8 Poseidon. Whatever the plan, don’t expect Boeing to be going anywhere anytime soon. They still control a duopoly on the commercial aerospace market along with European rival Airbus.

Boeing is also becoming involved in space exploration and space programs, winning contracts for development of a space taxi to ferry astronauts to and from orbit. This multinational corporation, which generates over $86 billion in annual revenue, will continue to be a Fortune 500 company for the foreseeable future. ASAP Fasteners is the premier supplier of parts for all commercial, regional, business and military aircraft. Browse our website www.asap-fasteners.com to check comprehensive inventory of Boeing Parts and drop your requirements at sales@asap-fasteners.com.

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Based in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Ametek Aerospace and Defense is a prominent designer and manufacturer of electronic components and electromechanical apparatuses catering to the commercial and military aerospace industries. The Aerospace and Defense Division of the Pennsylvania-based Ametek parent company produces engineered solutions for the business jets (lightweight through intercontinental), regional aircraft (turboprop and regional jets), UAV helicopters and trainers, marine vessels, military vehicles (tracked and wheeled), and space (launch vehicle, shuttle craft, and satellite) markets. In 2013, the Sensors and Fluid Management Systems (SFMS) branch of Ametek Aerospace and Defense secured a supplier contract with the Brazilian aircraft manufacurer Embraer Defense & Security to produce electronic systems for the A-29 Super Tucano platform. Per the agreement, Ametek will deliver its cutting-edge triaxial accelerometers and AMPHION solid-state relays (SSR) for installation aboard the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano counter insurgency aircraft. Manufactured to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and 573/717 ARINC standards, the Ametek triaxial accelerometers simultaneously measures acceleration along the vertical, longitudinal, and lateral axis. Showcasing the company’s patented fail-open technology, the Ametek solid-state relay provides dependable electrical power control. The solid-state relay marries the capabilities of a power contractor with those of an arc fault circuit breaker into one efficient package. Designed to fit into a standard M12883/48-02 socket, the Ametek solid-state relay switches inductive or incandescent loads at the full rated current (25 A at 28 VDC). The development of these A-29 Super Tucanos stems from the Light Air Support (LAS) contract the U.S.Air Force granted Embraer and its U.S.-based partner Sierra Nevada Corporation in February 2013. The USD$427 million contract calls for the production of 20 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft for the branch.In September 2014, Embraer delivered the first light-attack Super Tucano aircraft integrated with Ametek technologies to the U.S. Air Force for use in Afghanistan after the NATO troop withdrawal. In the past year, Ametek acquired a number of technologically-inclined companies to improve its offerings capabilities:
  • Sunpower, Inc. (stirling-cycle machinery)
  • Crystal Engineering (pressure calibrators, digital test gauge, and other monitoring equipment)
  • Creaform (handheld scanners for reverse engineering and 3D scanning)
  • Teseq Group (electromagnetic capability testing)
  • VTI Instruments (high-precision testing equipment)
Ametek Aerospace and Defense employs a 155,000-strong workforce in the following domestic facilities:
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Costa Mesa, California
  • El Cajon, CA
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Harleysville, Pennsylvania
  • Wilmington, Massachusetts
  • Binghamton, New York
  • Woodstock, New York
  • Garden City, New York
Ametek also has international manufacturing presences in:
    • Reynosa, Mexico
    • Sunbury, UK
For the fiscal year 2013, the parent company Ametek reported sales of US$3.6 billion.


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MD Helicopter, an American-based aerospace company which focuses on helicopter production, just unveiled their newest product, the 530G Scout Attack Helicopter. The 530G, which is scheduled for full production this year, is a very lightweight, versatile chopper that will replace its predecessor, the 530F model, which was developed in 1985. The 530G, which is smaller than a majority of Army choppers, is used primarily by US special operations forces. They are particularly useful in providing armed escorts or for light attacks. Other than the United States, other Allied countries are also regular buyers of these scout helicopters. In addition, these helicopters are being provided to the Kurdistan Regional Government, who are considered allies in the current fight against ISIS terrorists.

Furthermore, there have been several purchases to date for private customers, such as a Chinese general aviation company that is using the chopper for agricultural spraying as well as Bering Air in Alaska, which is utilizing it in building microwave towers and providing charter flights in mineral fields. With these new products, MD Helicopter expects to continue and expand its support to the US military and allied nations as well as such allies as Afghanistan. MD Helicopter operates as a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas, a major aerospace manufacturer and also a defense contractor. McDonnell Douglas has merged with Boeing, resulting in the aerospace giant Boeing that is known today. MD Helicopter traces its beginnings back to 1947 when it was established as Hughes Aircraft. It subsequently became known as Hughes Helicopters until it was sold to McDonnell-Douglas in 1984.

The company is known for three very successful helicopter designs, but none were more successful than the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. MD Helicopter was awarded this contract in 1975 and had six prototypes built by the year 1981. By the year 2005, more than 1,100 Apache attack helicopters had been manufactured. Since then, the company’s reputation as a major supplier of military helicopters has not let up. ASAP Fasteners provides you a facility to shop all your MD Helicopter spare parts requirement. We support both current and obsolete aircraft platforms and work closely with MD Helicopter to ensure we can support the newest platforms as well. Start your parts search on www.asap-fasteners.com or request for a quote directly on purchase@asap-fasteners.com.

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GE Aviation, the aviation business belonging to international conglomerate General Electric, is poised for substantial growth over the next few years. The highly successful business just received $30 billion lift for its engine business. According to CEO David Joyce, GE exceeded its target for firm order commitments while at the Farnborough International Airshow in London.The boost is due mainly in part to the joint venture between GE and Safran that has resulted in increased business.

GE Aviation initially expected to add 242 jobs to its engine business and commit a $195 million investment over 5 years just last year, but has already exceeded that goal with the addition of 615 jobs as of this year. This is not to mention the $17 million investment in machinery that should give GE Aviation plenty of business for the next five to eight years. The company also has a deal in the works with Qatar Airways for an engine deal. Their GE9X engines will be used to power 50 Boeing 777X planes.GE Aviation can attribute part of its increased business to an increase in the commercial aviation sector in general around the world.
During the period of 2011-2013, there was a rise in demand for new aircraft from many global airlines, which resulted in an increase of 8% for GE Aviation’s revenues, bringing their revenue to a reported $22 billion. With their continued support in aircraft such as Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 that are becoming more popular, business is expected to continue growing. GE Aviation currently comprises 15% of General Electric’s $146 billion in revenue. As a subsidiary of General Electric, GE Aviation deals primarily with commercial and military aircraft engines. GE is one of the top engine suppliers in the world and supports a majority of commercial aircraft in operation today.

Their main competitors are Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, which are also huge international aerospace companies that specialize in the production of aircraft engines. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, offers the widest range of GE Aviation products for all your aviation needs. If your aircraft runs on a GE engine, we stock or have the capability to procure any parts you require. We can ensure exceptional service while guaranteeing Tier 1 pricing. Browse our capabilities at www.asap-fasteners.com and contact us today at purchase@asap-fasteners.com for a quote.

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