As the Asia-Pacific aviation market continues expanding, Parker Aerospace’s two joint ventures in China have enabled Parker to grow and support a wide range of aircraft platforms throughout the region. NEIAS Parker Aero Systems and Equipment Company has obtained its AS9100 and certifications from the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP), while the Parker FACRI Actuation Systems Company venture earned several recertifications. In addition, both organizations have recently moved into larger new facilities that will support their growing businesses.
Commitment to the expanding Asia-Pacific market
According to passenger demand forecasts from the International Air Transport Association, air travel passenger demand will double over the next 20 years, with the Asia-Pacific region being the biggest driver of that growth. The opportunity is not lost on Parker Aerospace; it is investing significantly in its China operations to support its OEM and aftermarket customers in China and the region.
"Parker is committed to the aerospace market in China. Along with our key joint venture partners, NEIAS Parker and Parker FACRI, we are investing for the future success of programs like COMAC’s C919 and ARJ-21 as well as AVIC XAC's MA700 aircraft, where Parker has large bills of materials. Parker’s joint ventures will support these and future aerospace programs in China for many years to come."
— Mark Seidel, vice president of strategic business integration, Parker Aerospace
NEIAS Parker Aero Systems and Equipment: expanding its footprint and focus on quality
NEIAS Parker, located in Nanjing, China, is a joint venture between Parker Aerospace and AVIC Nanjing Engineering Institute of Aircraft Systems (NEIAS). The organization provides advanced aerospace machining for fuel, fuel inerting, and hydraulic systems and components. The NEIAS Parker facility and team produce equipment for Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC aircraft including COMAC’s C919, which successfully completed its first flight on May 5, 2017 — in addition to those produced by other aircraft manufacturers.
NEIAS Parker moved into its 6,800-square-meter (73,000-square-foot) facility in July 2016 and has obtained its AS9100 certification as well as certifications from the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP). AS9100 is a quality certification earned by aerospace manufacturers based on a specific standard published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). NADCAP is the leading worldwide cooperative program of major companies designed to manage a cost-effective consensus approach to special processes and products to provide continual improvement within the aerospace industry.
“Applying AS9100 requirements to our processes enables NEIAS Parker to continuously improve our operations, performance, and profitability. Obtaining AS9100 certification indicates to our customers that we have a strong quality management system, and are able to consistently meet their quality expectations at a high level. NADCAP accreditation for the facility demonstrates that our processes are in line with the global aerospace standards, enabling us to consistently meet stringent quality standards. When we can execute on both strong quality and reduced costs, it is equally beneficial for our customers and Parker Aerospace.”
— Tony Leung, general manager, NEIAS Parker
The facility’s NADCAP approvals include those for surface treatment (anodizing, chemical conversion, and passivation), non-destructive testing, magnetic particle inspection, and fluorescent penetrant inspection.
Parker FACRI Actuation Systems Company: broadened support in China
Parker FACRI, located in Xi’an, China, is a joint venture between Parker Aerospace and AVIC Flight Automatic Control Research Institute (FACRI). The company is an original equipment aerospace manufacturer with world-class maintenance, repair, and overhaul capabilities serving aircraft in China, including those from Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC.
Parker FACRI moved into a new 7,400-square-meter (79,000-square foot) facility in March 2017, and has since achieved AS9100C, CAAC 145, and FAA 145 re-certifications, plus NADCAP certification. The facility’s capabilities include the final assembly and testing of flight control actuation system components for the C919 and maintenance, repair, and overhaul of components on commercial aircraft flight control actuation, fuel, hydraulic, landing gear, fuel inerting, thrust reverser, and engine systems.
Further, Parker FACRI is serving as an exchange pooling center for Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 air separation modules and Airbus A330 ozone converters, and a distributor for Stratoflex Products fluid conveyance equipment. Working as a “value added” distributor, Parker FACRI has the ability to combine connectors and fittings with specific hose lengths for customized individual orders.
“This new facility will help Parker to grow our offerings and better serve our customers. Achieving our recertifications within just a month and a half of moving in is a testament to the robust processes and quality system we have in place. We are right on track to meet the needs of our customers. Our putting roots in Xi’an through this new larger facility shows our commitment to better serve the indigenous aircraft manufacturers and airlines operating in the world’s fastest growing aviation market. Parker FACRI provides our customers with OEM quality, global services, and local presence.”
— Cary Chua, general manager, Parker FACRI
This post was contributed by Mark Seidel, vice president, strategic business integration, Parker Aerospace