Umeco, the West Midlands-based aerospace group which lists both Airbus and arch-rival Boeing among its customers, has clinched a new deal with the US-based Goodrich Corporation.
Umeco, which has its headquarters at Leamington, yesterday said the new ten year agreement had been signed by its Ulogistics subsidiary, which will become a sole service provider with Goodrich's Wolverhampton-based actuation systems business.
As a result of the contract Ulogistics has rented an additional warehouse adjacent to its main facility in Derby.
Clive Snowdon, chief executive of Umeco, said: "This is a very important development and brings to three the number of total service provider contracts we have with major aerospace OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). With our experience of successfully implementing and managing such major programmes we are confident of delivering a first-class service to Goodrich."
Umeco customers also include Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Snecma, Parker Aerospace, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin and the US Department of Defence.
Meanwhile, Smiths Aerospace, which has plants at Cheltenham and Wolver-hampton, said it had been selected by Korean Aerospace Industries to provide the next generation health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) for the South Korean helicopter program. The deal is valued at more than £11.36 million.
The helicopter program will include more than 250 aircraft for the South Korean army. Localised production, which will include supplies from Smiths' facilities in Southampton and Michigan will begin in 2010.
Smiths Aerospace said its HUMS equipment would give the Korean army increased aircraft safety, availability and, reliability.
The HUMS kit, which includes an airborne data acquisition and processing unit, plus a pilot display, has already seen service with more than 20 different aircraft. n Dubai is planning to channel £8.52 billion to form the first global aerospace corporation in the Middle East.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise will work in areas ranging from international airport development, aircraft leasing and financing, plus specialised education and training.
The new corporation will be headed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of the fast growing Emirates airline group, which operates twice daily services from Birmingham International Airport.
He said DAE would form strategic alliances with the world's top aerospace groups as it stepped up its bid to become a significant presence.
"Here in the UAE we are right at the heart of the most dynamic developments in the industry," he added.