July 5 2018  |  Partnerships, Collaborations & Acquisitions

ACM Aerospace and Ethiopian Airlines team up for manufacturing facility

By Rachel Debling

Ethiopian Airlines Group and ACM Aerospace have signed a partnership business agreement for an aerospace manufacturing development program. Under this agreement, a facility will be set up in Ethiopia for the purpose of manufacturing and supplying interior parts to ACM Aerospace, including safety belts, aircraft seat covers, carpets and more.

According to a July 5 release from the airline, the facility will have the EASA part 21G certified Production facility (POA) certification, a core requirement to be met in the industry. It is estimated that the facility will create job opportunities for more than 100 people.

Tewolde GebreMariam, GCEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said in a statement: "Pursuant to our government’s industrialization policy embedded in the five years Growth and Transformation Plan (GTPII), we are working in partnership with aircraft manufacturers and other aerospace suppliers to establish and develop labor-intensive aerospace manufacturing industry with a wide portfolio of products. The partnership agreement we signed with ACM Aerospace is a big milestone in this regard and will surely create significant job opportunities for the young, educated task force and will support and synergize with the textile and leather manufacturing industries being developed in the country”.

“We're looking forward to [setting up] a very strong partnership with Ethiopian Airlines Group and [growing] together with aircraft interior products made in Ethiopia, thereby supporting the aerospace manufacturing development program of the country," added Arash Noshari, Managing Director of ACM Aerospace. "I’m very proud to cooperate on a high quality level with the largest carrier in Africa and I'm pretty sure this is a great step into the future”.

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