Leach Europe to Develop Primary Electrical Power Distribution Center on Military Transport
BELLEVUE, Wash., March 28th, 2005 — Esterline Corporation ( NYSE /ESL www.esterline.com) a leading specialty manufacturer serving aerospace / defense markets, today announced that its France-based subsidiary, Leach International, Europe, has been selected by Airbus to design and manufacture the primary electrical power distribution center (PEPDC) on the A400M Future Large Airlifter military transport aircraft program. To date, Airbus has received orders for 180 A400M aircraft, and foresees a global potential market of 300.
The PEPDC is the primary switching system assembly responsible for switching and distributing electrical power from the generators to the main supply busbars on the aircraft. It will consist of various types of high-amperage Leach power contactors that will include sophisticated levels of protection.
Robert W. Cremin , Esterline CEO, said, “…this is the second major award for an Esterline operation on the A400M platform in the past several months, and the first win for our primary power distribution equipment for Airbus.” Jean-Michel Sigaud , president of France-based Leach International, Europe, added, “…this is a milestone achievement for Leach. We have provided similar assemblies to aircraft manufacturers throughout the world for years, but this is our most significant win to date.”
Leach is drawing on its worldwide design and manufacturing capabilities to fulfill this requirement. Some of the contactors will come from California-based Leach International North America, with design and manufacture of the actual PEPDC assemblies at Leach facilities in Sarralbe and Niort, France.
About Leach International:
Leach International Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Esterline Technologies Corporation and part of Esterline’s Sensors & Systems segment, is a world leader for the design and manufacture of high-reliability power switching and control components. Leach specializes in combining its leading-edge components with unique design and manufacturing capabilities to provide custom AC/DC power distribution assemblies. Known for its design excellence and commitment to quality and reliability since 1919, Leach equipment and components are used on thousands of aerospace, military, rail, and high-end industrial applications worldwide in the most severe environments. Learn more about Leach at www.leachintl.com.
Esterline Corporation is a specialized manufacturing company serving principally aerospace/defense markets in three segments: Sensors & Systems, Avionics & Controls, and Advanced Materials. In addition to Leach International, the Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, fluid and motion control components, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers. Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other high-end industrial applications. Advanced Materials focuses on process-related technologies, including high-performance elastomer products used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes, and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products. Learn more about Esterline at www.esterline.com.
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