VALENCIA, Calif., June 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WAIR), the world’s leading independent distributor and provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, today announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to include composite management services. This unique offering brings advanced composites with significant value-added services that include highly engineered kits delivered on a just-in-time basis to the company’s existing and expanding customer base.
Wesco Composite Management Services will offer process materials and structural pre-impregnated (prepreg) engineered kits to customers in North America through an agreement with Velocity Composites plc, a leading supplier of advanced composite materials kits to the aerospace and defense industry. The company also has the opportunity to partner with Velocity in Europe and Asia Pacific to increase value-added services to its global customers.
The addition of composite materials complements Wesco’s already broad portfolio of aerospace products and services, which includes C-class hardware, chemicals and electronic components. Wesco will deliver fully scalable solutions, utilizing its premier logistics, warehousing and supply chain solutions and Velocity’s custom kitting process through point-of-use delivery. The newly formed partnership will invest in a state-of-the-art clean room and utilize Velocity’s proprietary nesting technology within Wesco’s U.S. distribution network.
Declan Grant, Wesco Aircraft’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said, “Wesco Composite Management Services will enable us to take advantage of an expanding market opportunity and deliver an enhanced value proposition for our customers. We will provide complete solutions from procurement to inventory optimization, engineered kit supply, just-in-time delivery, quality inspection, on-site support, regulatory reporting support, expiration management and waste disposal. We believe this new offering will allow customers to benefit from reduced materials usage and waste, time and labor savings, shelf-life management and traceability, lower costs and improved operational efficiencies.”
The global aerospace composite materials market is expected to continue expanding at a high rate, driven largely by higher aircraft build rates, a multiyear aircraft backlog and an increasing composite content by weight in aircraft. Aircraft light-weighting with composite materials reduces cost per passenger mile, reduces emissions and enables ultra-long-range flight paths.
About Wesco Aircraft
Wesco Aircraft is the world’s leading independent distributor and provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry. The company’s services range from traditional distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time delivery, chemical management services, third-party logistics or fourth-party logistics and point-of-use inventory management. The company believes it offers one of the world’s broadest portfolios of aerospace products, including C-class hardware, chemicals and electronic components and comprised of more than 560,000 active SKUs.
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