SINGAPORE, August 16, 2012 — AAR (NYSE: AIR) is expanding its supply chain distribution network and inventory for the Asia market, strengthening its presence in the region and helping to boost distribution and reduce lead time for customers.
An important part of this expansion is an inventory of Unison Industries’ aerospace components that will be made available from a warehouse in Singapore. The increased inventory will also include aerospace parts and components for AeroControlex Lube and Scavenge Pumps and customer-specific inventory. Adding product to this Singapore facility will make parts more accessible to commercial and regional aircraft operators in Asia and Australia.
“Our customers were requesting inventory and a presence in the region to help meet their shorter lead-time demands,” said Paul Richardson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, AAR Aviation Supply Chain, Singapore. “Today, we’re holding dedicated inventory to support customer programs and material for sale to all customers at this new, strategically located distribution hub.”
The Asia hub is managed by AAR Distribution, which operates as part of AAR’s Allen Asset Management division. The program leverages AAR’s global reach and extensive experience providing supply chain, component repair and parts distribution services to the commercial aviation industry.
AAR is an exclusive supplier of aerospace parts for the Unison distribution channel, including turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches and wiring harnesses.
AAR is a leading provider of value-added products and services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.
AAR was recently named the Best Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Provider in the Americas, Aircraft Parts Supplier of the Year and was ranked among the Top Five MROs in surveys of airline executives and industry professionals.
AAR Aircraft Services: Aircraft maintenance, inspection and repair; major airframe modifications and upgrades; avionic services and installations; structural repair; exterior and interior...
It is adding inventory at its European Distribution Center located near Amsterdam Schipol Airport.
It has selected a former Boeing executive, Robert Laird, to be the new Vice President of Business Development for the Asia Pacific region.
The five-year programs will provide a single point of contact for the repair of components that Airbus Military previously outsourced to multiple vendors.