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Automotive & Aerospace - Case Studies
The Case Studies described below are based on information provided by companies in the Automotive and Aerospace sector. Each study has been written in collaboration with employees of the company and Preactor International would like to thank those who provided these insights into how Preactor is used and the benefits it has provided.

TAKATA operates in the automotive sector with the production of components and assemblies such as safety belts, airbags, steering wheels and other parts used in the interior of virtually all major automotive manufacturers in the world.
 
KLL started producing suspensions and mechanical components for commercial vehicles 25 years ago. Its factory is located at Alvorada’s Industrial District, near Porto Alegre (RS/Brazil), where a team composed of 250 people develops suspensions using advanced technology.
 
VOP CZ, s.p. is the largest military company in the Czech Republic operating in the field of civilian and military manufacture combined with repair and servicing including repairs and modernisation of tanks as well as the production of the PANDUR II armoured personnel carrier. The CZK 1.5 billion turnover company has a 1300-strong workforce working in plants located in Šenov u Nového Jičína, Šternberk, Slavičín, Vyškov, and Brno, and is also engaged in testing, research and development.
 
Alstom Group is a global leader in the world of power generation, rail infrastructure and electrical grid sector. Alstom Power Service provides a complete range of power generation services, support and equipment for demanding customers all over the world.
 
Lucas TVS is the Leader in Auto Electricals in India today with 50 years of Experience in design and in design and Manufacturing. Four out of every five vehicles rolled out daily are fitted with Lucas-TVS Products.
 
With representation in every continent, Susin Francescutti Metalúrgica S/A is a leading manufacturer of crankshafts and camshafts for the automotive sector. Since its founding in 1954 it has been providing its products to many of the largest truck and car manufacturers around the world.
 
The EUROCOPTER Group was formed from the merger of two important companies in Aerospace. First in the market with rotary wing aircraft at the beginning of the century, the original company became, over a number of years more famous and important.
 
Founded in 1977, Digicon S/A is a subsidiary of the Digicon Group, formed by three companies, Perto, Digicon and Numericon. Located in a pant covering 100,000 m² in Gravataí, Brazil, the companies work in the development, production and commercialization of products and services in the areas of industrial, commercial and banking automation. Starting in 1986, the company developed a special department for producing aircraft components inside the Digicon S/A, the DCA. Currently, this unit is responsible for production and commercialization of approximately 90 sets of Air Conditioning valves for English Hamilton Sundstrand aircraft.
 
The Metallurgical Flantech Ltda, founded in 2005, in the city of Caxias do Sul, Brazil is 130km from Porto Alegre, and is focused mainly on the production of exhaust system components for the automotive industry. Currently, the company has 10 employees, and their specialty is the production of large diameter special stainless steel short pipes and tube. Its products are delivered to major suppliers linked to car manufacturers from the centre of the Brazil, and also, more recently, outside the country. The components manufactured by Flantech can be found on brands, such as Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot, Renault, Citröen, and General Motors.
 
In 1999 after years of making his employers successful, Jeff Roth’s wife convinced him that he should start his own business. Jeff mortgaged the house, purchased his first CNC machine, and started manufacturing high quality machine parts for the aerospace industry in his garage. Jeff instinctively understood that to fulfill his dream to be the best he would have to deliver the highest quality products at the most competitive prices, and he would need to build innovative processes and systems that supported his vision.
 
Contour Premium Aircraft Seating is one of the leading premium aircraft seating manufacturers in the world supplying to many leading international airlines. Headquartered in Cwmbran, Wales, the £100m turnover company employs 800 people across its 2 main sites which operate as a mini supply chain with the primary manufacturing and sub assembly business directly supplying the final assembly and sales business.
 
Harmon Form Tools was formed in 1964, offering a grinding and tooling facility for the Aerospace, Defence and Commercial markets. In 1987 the company entered the machining market with the foundation of Harmon Manufacturing, initially meeting the requirements of existing customers in the Aerospace and Defence industries.
 
Trety, S.A. is a company that belongs to the French Trèves Group. The Trèves Group was founded in France the year 1836. Originally it was a familiar group that dedicated its first activities in the automotive parts sector.
 
Cosworth Racing is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of ultra-high performance engines for racing, rally and road car application. Founded in 1958 by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth, the company has been wholly owned by Ford since 1998, employing a workforce of over 650.
 
Pechiney Aviatube is an aluminium alloy extrusion company with an extensive UK site in Workington, Cumbria. It is primarily a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace market, for example, aluminium extruded wing supports known as stringers, which are supplied to Airbus UK.
 
Kenco Techniques, based in Kensworth, Bedfordshire, is a manufacturer of precision-machined components for the aerospace, Formula One, and micro surgical industries. Founded in 1972 under the name Kenco Engineering, it currently employs 15 people.
 
Williams & Co., a company based in Southampton, UK produce aerospace and nuclear components for companies such as Vickers, GKN Westland Helicopters, Boeing and the French Helicopter company, Aero Speciale. As the customers of Williams aim to increase their world class positions it follows that they demand more from their suppliers.