Fort Erie, Ont., August 30, 2012
On Aug. 30, 2012, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) completed its 300th cowling for the EC145 at its composite manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, Ont.
“We are very proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by our composites team,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “Composite manufacturing at ECL has earned its reputation for producing a high quality part on time and on cost, which couldn’t be achieved without our group of highly skilled engineers and composite technicians.”
ECL is the single source for the EC145 (LUH) cowlings. Eurocopter Canada manufactures and supplies composite parts to six product lines for the Eurocopter Group and is positioned to offer customized solutions to its customers as an AS9100 registered organization.
In May 2011, ECL celebrated the completion and delivery of the 200th EC145 cowling ship set. As a result of the quality circle implementation and emphasis on the Eurocopter Production System (EPS), significant productivity gains have been made on the EC145 program, which has contributed to the success of the composite team.
ECL first delivered the cowling ship sets in 2008 and is slated to deliver the cowlings for the new EC145 T2 version as well. ECL is a valued supplier to Eurocopter’s global supply chain, operating within a lean manufacturing environment and produces components for a large number of Eurocopter Canada designed and manufactured options to satisfy worldwide Eurocopter operator’s requirements.
About ECL & Eurocopter Group
Eurocopter Canada (www.eurocopter.ca) is a market leader with 67 percent of new aircraft sales, supporting more than 620 aircraft that are operated by 160 customers across Canada. Eurocopter Canada, a subsidiary of Eurocopter is based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec and has a customer support network that spans the entire country. Eurocopter Group, established in 1992, is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service for some 2,900 customers in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.