Flitetec, a UK-based designer, manufacturer, repairer and distributor of aircraft interiors parts, has announced its plans for major expansion and investment. The company’s growth plans include new offices and a distribution centre in the Aerospace Valley region between Bordeaux and Toulouse in the southwest of France. The new facilities are intended to enable the company to meet rising demand, break into new markets, and move closer to its supply chain in France and the EU.
Flitetec, which was founded in 1985, has invested a ‘six-figure sum’ in the premises at Mont-de-Marsan, which are due to become operational in late January. This expansion comes after what the company describes as ‘major growth’ in the distribution arm of the business, which was launched during the pandemic and which Flitetec claims has recorded significant growth over the past three years.
The company has a four-week lead time for design and manufacturing. The product range includes meal tray tables, seat backs, overhead bins, cabin dividers, lighting technology and Personal Electronic Device (PED) holders.
“Expansion into sizeable new premises in France, close to the aviation centres of Bordeaux and Toulouse, represents a milestone in our ambitious, long-term growth plans,” said Trevor Lea, managing director of Flitetec.
Commercial director Chris Osborne, who will lead the new operation, added: “We have a strong supply chain in France where we support tier 1 and tier 2 subcontractors to primes in the aerospace market, such as Airbus and Safran. Our new premises represent a vote of confidence in France and Europe as well as our company and its people. It will allow us to get closer to our supply chain, customers and potential new customers. We aim to expand further in France and can’t wait to get started in the new premises.”
Flitetec, whose customers include Air France, intends to create more job roles as its business grows.