AAR Named Exclusive Supply Chain Partner for Exechon Enterprises to Support XMini Worldwide

September 27, 2016

Strategic sourcing & inventory management contract leverages AAR’s global aftermarket solutions


WOOD DALE, Illinois, September 27, 2016 – AAR (NYSE: AIR), an industry-leading provider of aviation services and integrated supply chain solutions, has been awarded a 10-year global exclusive supply chain agreement with Exechon Enterprises, LLC, an Abu Dhabi–based joint venture between Lockheed Martin, Tecgrant AB, and Injaz National, to supply all material for the patented Parallel Kinematic Machine known as the XMini. Under the agreement, AAR is responsible for all strategic production sourcing, procurement, kitting, and aftermarket component distribution in support of global XMini sales, for which initial orders have already been placed by aviation OEMs.


“We are truly excited about this opportunity to support Exechon as it produces a machine that fills an unmet need in manufacturing today,” said Jay Pereira, Vice President and General Manager of Government Programs. “This long-term partnership is a result of AAR’s capability and agility to deliver custom solutions outside of traditional aftermarket distribution channels anywhere in the world.”


“We chose AAR for their trade-compliance expertise and ability to develop and manage our supply chain and inventory investment relative to production volume,” said Karl Erik Neumann, CEO of Exechon Enterprises. “This partnership lets us focus on manufacturing and production of our game-changing product, without worrying about the supply chain.”


About Exechon

Exechon is a joint venture between Tecgrant AB, a Swedish company; Injaz National General Transport an Abu Dhabi based company; and Lockheed Martin, mainly specializing in manufacturing of robotic machines. The Abu Dhabi-based joint venture, Exechon Enterprises, L.L.C., is an engineering and manufacturing center of excellence for Parallel Kinematics Machining (PKM) in the aerospace, defense and automotive sectors, as well as other industrial sectors, and will export locally manufactured machines. More information can be found at www.exechon.com.




About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at editor@aarcorp.com or +1 630-227-5100. 

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