A review of a magnesium alloy plane parts supplier

By Steve Lewis and David BroughtonA review of the supplier of magnesium alloy planes and parts for military aircraft.

Magnesium alloy aircraft and parts supply company Airfix said on Friday that it has taken steps to stop the spread of the disease in its supply chain.

“We have a very robust compliance programme with the WHO and we have also implemented a number of measures to improve our supply chain,” Airfix chief executive Stephen Meehan told Reuters.

“The key one is to ensure that we can get the parts we need to support the government’s new programme of zero waste” for military and civilian aircraft, he added.

The company’s products include the Mk4E2A aircraft engine, which has seen a 10 per cent increase in use in recent years and has been used in the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter, the Boeing F-22 stealth fighter and the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

“It’s a highly effective engine and it’s one of the most successful products in the aviation industry,” Meegan said.

“For this reason we’re really pleased to see that a lot of customers are buying the Mk5 version of the engine.”

He added that the company was also making efforts to reduce its reliance on imports.

Airfix’s new military contract, announced on Thursday, calls for it to supply parts to the Royal Australian Air Force, which uses the F-16 fighter jet.

“Our aircraft, and many of our customers, use our Mk5 engine in the F16 and F22 and in the LRIP-18A [low-rate initial production version] aircraft,” Meeshan said.

AirFix is now supplying engines to the U.S. Army and U.K. National Guard.

The firm’s chief executive, Stephen Miehan, speaks during a news conference in London (Reuters: Andrew Winning)Airfix is also the supplier to the British Air Force.

In the United States, the company’s engines are being used in Boeing 737 Max jets.

Airflex said it had also introduced measures to reduce the impact of its manufacturing process on its customers’ quality.

“In our production chain we have been making a series of changes that allow us to improve the quality of our supply to our customers and reduce the risk of any contamination from our suppliers,” Airflex chief executive Steve Meeham said.

He said that the move to reduce contamination was also part of the company to focus on customer needs and the quality and value of its products.

“As a company we have always believed in quality and safety and we do that in all of our operations,” he said. 

(Reporting by Steve Lewis; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)