Safran signs a 5 year contract with Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) to provide aerospace hardware and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services for their Safran Seats North American facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. This agreement also extends to all other Safran business units worldwide including Safran Seats France, Tunisia and China.  With established VMI programs with Embraer in Chihuahua, MX,  this further builds out AHW’s Mexico operations and strengthens AHW’s presence in the region.

As part of the contract, AHW will implement Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services for Safran business units in the U.S. and Mexico.  The VMI program will support over 4000 part numbers at four different business units. AHW utilizes the Hurst Twin-Bin system which is integrated with full automation into the daily on-site operational services, AHW ERP and Web Portal. This VMI system provides an innovative and holistic approach to the procurement, stocking, replenishment and payment process, delivering at industry leading KPI’s while bringing logistic cost benefits, and minimizing the cost of inventory ownership.

“AHW’s VMI programs are customized for each site to achieve the maximum reliability and cost benefits” says Krista Wildermuth – Director of Operations, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract and the opportunity to expand our VMI technologies and services. Safran has been a long-standing customer, and we have worked very hard to earn their trust and confidence. ” Krista goes on to say “Organic growth is a pillar of our corporate strategy and being scaleable and flexible is one of our fundamental principles recognized by Safran with this award. Strengthening our customer base and operations prepares us for supporting the many other OEM’s and Manufacturers in the Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster.”

Safran is a global leader in the manufacturing of wide body and regional jet seats. AHW is a leader in the distribution of aircraft hardware and  inventory management services. This new contract extends its relationship and contract size globally with Safran. Along with existing contracts in other Safran segments Cabin, Galleys and MRO services continues to grow AHW as a primary supplier with Safran.  CEO & President, Frank Ioffrida says, “Our company continues to focus and grow its core competencies by investing in our supply chain and developing new innovative ways of hardware delivery through VMI Services which is now being recognized by Safran and other aerospace companies. We are excited about the new opportunities awarded to us because of our VMI technologies and proven track record. We will continue to invest in our customer relationships, and strive to provide the highest level of service and always exceed our customer expectations.”

Aircraft Hardware West is a full-service provider of hardware and related services to the aircraft and commercial industries with main HQs in Long Beach, CA. Aircraft Hardware West believes that a comprehensive inventory management solution and timely delivery of hardware, at competitive pricing, are only the beginning of what they have to offer. AHW can be a trusted partner in the success of your business. For more information on any of our products or our Advanced Inventory Management Solutions, please contact