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Boeing and Adient Will Create New Aircraft Seats

Boeing and Adient Will Create New Aircraft Seats

The multinational corporation Boeing has partnered up with Adient, the automotive seating supplier, to develop, manufacture, and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and aircraft leasing companies. The new seats will be available for installation on airplanes and aircrafts produced by Boeing and other commercial airplane manufacturers.

Seats have been a persistent challenge for our customers, the industry and Boeing, and we are taking action to help address constraints in the market. Adient Aerospace will leverage Boeing’s industry leadership and deep understanding of customer needs and technical requirements, to provide a superior seating product for airlines and passengers around the world, said Kevin Schemm, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Finance and Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

This partnership supports Boeing’s vertical integration strategy that will help them develop in-house capabilities and depth in key areas. This way, they will offer better products, more services, and will generate a higher lifecycle value.

The location of Adient Aerospace’s operation headquarters, technology centre, and initial production plant is confirmed to be in Kaiserslautern, Germany, near Frankfurt. The aftermarket spare parts distribution will then be handled exclusively through Aviall, a subsidiary owned by Boeing.

Adient has a strong set of transferable competencies that will offer a unique opportunity to create value for our company and for Boeing, our shareholders and the broader commercial aircraft market, said Adient chairman and CEO Bruce McDonald. To enhance the customer experience for passengers, airlines and commercial airplane manufacturers, we will apply our unmatched expertise for comfort and craftsmanship along with our reputation for operational excellence.

Adient is the leader in automotive seating with unmatched global reach and scale. Every year, they supply seats and components for more than 25,000,000 cars. Its aim is to create seats that weight 10 kilograms or less for lighter and more efficient rides by 2020.

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