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11 Nov 15. Rockwell Collins do Brazil celebrated its 40-year anniversary by opening an expanded facility.
“The facility expansion shows how we are committed to Brazil by growing our investment, presence and contribution to the local economy, as well as hiring and training citizens and transferring technology,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, Americas, for Rockwell Collins.
The new, expanded facility doubles the current size and features a new workplace effectiveness design aimed at making employees more collaborative and productive. Brazilian government officials and aerospace industry members joined Rockwell Collins executives, including newly named President of Rockwell Collins do Brazil, Marcelo Vaz Rodrigues, to celebrate the anniversary and expansion with a ceremony and open house that showcased the latest Rockwell Collins advanced avionics and communication technologies.
“We are proud to be a major contributor to the growth of Brazil’s aerospace and defense industry, as demonstrated by our facility expansion and new programs in country,” said Rodrigues.
Rockwell Collins has had a presence in Brazil for 40 years supporting military and civil aircraft operators and manufacturers with avionics and aircraft system solutions, communications and electronic systems and services. The company’s Service Center facility in São José dos Campos has been critical in being able to meet local customers’ needs, including aircraft manufacturer Embraer and Helibras. Stepping up its presence and offerings beyond avionics, Rockwell Collins has increased its employee base in Brazil by 50 percent since 2011, adding engineers, program managers, service technicians, and business development personnel, including seven new strategy, marketing, business development and program personnel located in Brazil and throughout Latin America over the past year in order to support customers, partners and programs in the region.
09 Nov 15. Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced the establishment of an affiliate in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to support the company’s growing regional defense business. Orbital ATK and Al Tuff International are in partnership in the formation of Orbital ATK LLC. “We will strive to add value in the Emirates by the introduction of innovative products, services and technologies” Orbital ATK and Al Tuff International first joined in opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi in March 2010. As a result of the many successes of that venture, it is now time to convert that success into a new affiliate company that can have a broader impact in the region. The new company will provide defense product sales and services to customers in the UAE related to its core competencies in small-, medium- and large-caliber ammunition production; precision and strike munitions; special mission aircraft; and Bushmaster® cannons. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
10 Nov 15. Sparton Corporation To Consolidate Its Irvine Design and Manufacturing Sites. Sparton Corporation (SPA) announced the consolidation of its Irvine, CA design center into its Irvine, CA manufacturing operations no later than February 1, 2016. The consolidation is in-line with actions being taken to optimize the Company’s manufacturing and design facility footprint and realize synergies from the Company’s acquisitions.
“We are continually reviewing our footprint and will take consolidation actions where appropriate,” said Cary Wood, president & CEO. “We have been faced with excess capacity for some time now and we need to optimize our resources on a much mo