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NORDAM announces new contracts with Airbus, Embraer

NORDAM announces new contracts with Airbus, Embraer

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Tang Moua inspects an Airbus cabin window at NORDAM’s U.S. Transparency facility in 2015. NORDAM announced two new contracts Monday, one with Airbus and one with Brazilian company Embraer. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file

NORDAM, the Tulsa-based aerospace company that employs 2,500 worldwide, announced Monday that it has received new contracts with two industry heavyweights — French company Airbus and Brazilian company Embraer.

NORDAM CEO Meredith Siegfried Madden announced the company’s newest contract with Airbus to supply a structural component for the aircraft manufacturer.

NORDAM’s Interiors & Structures Division on Whirlpool Drive in north Tulsa fabricates the part — known as a “crutch” — from HexMC, a proprietary Hexcel product that transforms AS4 carbon fiber strips into a randomly oriented mat that can be cut and compression-molded into complex geometries. NORDAM is one of two licensed molders of this material worldwide.

“We have 47 years of composites expertise and are eager to utilize that in support of this valued, long-time NORDAM customer for the first time,” Siegfried said in a statement.

The first A350-1000 started final assembly process in Toulouse, France, earlier this year. The NORDAM crutch program has been ramping up since 2015 with more than 1,000 parts already completed to date.

Under the terms of the agreement, full production volume will mean more than 1,500 crutches per year over the life of the program. No additional NORDAM personnel or equipment is needed to fulfill this production commitment, the company said.

Also Monday, NORDAM Transparency Group COO T. Hastings Siegfried announced the firm has been named the exclusive supplier of passenger cabin and door windows for Embraer’s E2 family of regional jets.

Work on the 12-year, $11 million contract will commence at NORDAM’s U.S. Transparency facility on Lakewood Avenue in north Tulsa.

“We are proud of our leadership in the transparencies market and pleased to work with the top aircraft manufacturers, such as Embraer,” he said.

The E2 family rolled out in February of this year and is designed to replace the current Embraer 170, 175, 190, 195 series of jets.

The Airbus contract is the most recent win for NORDAM, which last year saw its Repair Division named the first supplier in the Americas qualified by Airbus to replace skin panels and perform beyond-the-manual repairs to A320ceo and A320neo.

The expansion of its structural-component repair agreement with Airbus Materials & Logistics Management empowers NORDAM to support repair of proprietary A320 flight-control surfaces for Airbus operators across the Americas.

NORDAM manufactures a mix of cabin windows, landing-light and wing-tip lenses for various Airbus aircraft, including the A320, A350 and A380. In 2015 the company hosted Airbus representatives as guests of honor for “Airbus Day” at its Transparency facility, featuring a celebration marking that division’s production of the 100,000th A320 cabin window.

Casey Smith 918-732-8106


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