November 10 2018  |  Partnerships, Collaborations & Acquisitions

Diehl joins cabin interiors supply group

By Rick Lundstrom

AVIC Cabin Systems Co. Ltd. (ACS), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd. (AVIC), and Diehl Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Zhuhai Airshow, taking place November 6 – 11 in Zhuhai, China.

The partners intend to collaborate in a number of business fields in the Chinese market, particularly in joint procurement and supply chain activities, joint manufacturing projects, and marketing activities for cabin interiors projects in the country.

Pang Zhen, CEO of ACS, and Rainer von Borstel, Diehl Aviation CEO, signed the agreement in the presence of Chen Yuanxian, EVP of AVIC, during a ceremony held in the chalet of AVIC at the Zhuhai Airshow.

“The agreement offers both companies mutual benefits, and the partners will be able to join forces to cope with the growing demand for aircraft cabin products worldwide, and in China in particular,” said a release from Diehl Aviation. “China is regarded to be one of the strongest growing aviation markets in the world. ACS and Diehl Aviation are well-positioned to offer enhanced products here by their new partnership, and therefore offer more competitive solutions and create better value for their customers.”

In July, AVIC announced the launch of ACS, combining the forces of AVIC’s subsidiaries that focus on cabin interiors business under one umbrella – FACC and Fesher that provide top floor to floor interiors; Thompson Aero Seating and Jiatai focusing on leading edge technologies in business and economy class seats; and AIM Altitude, a manufacturer of premium monuments and galleys. It provides turnkey and fully integrated cabin solutions in both line fit and retrofit markets.

ACS customers include key OEMs such as Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer, as well as to global airlines.

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