To expand into the Chinese MRO market, FACC has entered a strategic cooperation with distributor STAECO, which has sites in Jinan, Shanghai and Beijing.
“Aftermarket services today already constitute an important economic pillar for FACC with great potential for the future,” said Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC. “I am therefore very pleased that we were able to establish a partnership with the distributor STAECO. I am convinced that, together, we will be able to successfully market FACC’s MRO services in China. STAECO will provide outstanding know-how as an important and competent local partner. It will support us in delivering our services quickly and economically in order to offer our customers high quality with short lead times.”
In China, STAECO will take over the distribution of FACC’s entire Aftermarket Services portfolio in the field of commercial aviation as well as for the refurbishment of business jets. In addition, the distributor will serve as a base for component repairs.
With its Aftermarket Services business segment, FACC offers airlines, MRO stations, spare part suppliers and service providers worldwide a range of repair, maintenance, modernisation and spare parts services. FACC draws on more than 30 years of expertise in the development and manufacture of lightweight construction technologies and systems. FACC already has a parent plant in Austria and repair facilities in the USA and Canada; the cooperation with STAECO strengthens its presence in Asia.
“We believe that the cooperation with STAECO is a win-win situation for both companies,” said Christian Mundigler, vice president of FACC’s Aftermarket Services segment. “With the sharp rise in air traffic in China as well as the growing share of composite materials used in aircraft construction in general, the demand for qualified MRO services in the composite sector is also increasing. This gives us the opportunity to grow together as a qualified MRO partner with the comprehensive range of maintenance and repair services offered by FACC and STAECO.”
Besides STAECO, FACC is currently collaborating with two other distributors, both in the USA – Proponent in California and Alaris Aerospace Systems in Florida.