Parts Supplier Expands Into Manufacturing And Repairs
Aircraft spares specialist Global Parts is expanding its manufacturing capability in order to be able to make a variety of machined items under contract from manufacturers. Equipped with five-axis machining facilities, the U.S. company’s capability in this area now includes items such as wing assemblies and landing gear braces.
Meanwhile, Global Parts (Stand 3022) also has established a Part 145 repair and overhaul unit at its headquarters in Augusta, Kansas. This facility can maintain a growing number of aircraft accessories, including electronic and electromechanical items.
According to vice president and chief operating officer Malissa Nesmith, Latin America is a high priority in Global Parts’s expansion plans. With this in mind, the company has exhibited at the annual LABACE show for several years.
Global Parts currently has a distribution center in Panama, but is in the process of consolidating its hub for Central and South America in Mexico City. The company, which holds the latest ISO 9001 RevA certification and Aerospace Standard 9120, also operates three warehouses in North America and a distribution center in South Africa. It is approved to the Aviation Suppliers Association’s ASA-100 standard.
Founded in 2003, Global Parts started life as a distributor of Raytheon parts, but now has more than a dozen partners, including GKN Aerospace, Beechcraft, Mid-Continent Instruments & Avionics, B/E Aerospace, Electromech, Shadin Avionics and Aero-Mach. It counts more than 6,200 customers worldwide.