Muirhead returns to pre-pandemic lead times for aviation leathers


Aviation leather supplier, Muirhead, has announced it has successfully returned to its pre-pandemic manufacturing lead time of six weeks. The Scottish leather supplier credits its end-to-end production process and commitment to sustainable innovation for enabling it to weather the impact of supply chain shortages created during the pandemic.

“While lengthy and fragmented supply chains continue to pose challenges to many across the industry, we’re proud to be able to guarantee our usual six-week lead time to customers once again,” stated Myles Hobbs, head of aviation EMEA and The Americas at Muirhead.

“Thanks to a continued investment in our manufacturing processes and operational excellence, our business is now more streamlined, efficient, and agile,” Hobbs added. “We’re confident that Muirhead’s direct sourcing and unique end-to-end control of the supply chain will continue to set us apart.”

Muirhead uses high technology and traditional craftsmanship in its leather production processes

Muirhead sources 99% of its hides from the UK and Ireland, and works closely with local cattle farmers and abattoirs in Scotland. Each hide is tanned in the company’s family-owned tannery and is finished on site – resulting in consistently short lead times and a stable supply for customers.

By controlling the entire tanning process, Muirhead’s technicians are able to dictate the choice of hides for each product, as well as how each hide should be tanned, finished and treated to maximise quality and durability. This has enabled Muirhead to achieve consistency across all its leather ranges.

Similar good news was announced by Sekisui Kydex this week, which has reduced its manufacturing lead times to pre-pandemic standards. Effective immediately, the lead times for all Kydex Thermoplastics in P1 and P3 textures has been reduced to four weeks.

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