Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO

Magnetic MRO and SkySelect extend relationship

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Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO

SkySelect, an extended purchasing arm for aircraft material powered by robotic process automation, has extended its contract with Magnetic MRO.

“We are in the 21st century and we are used to having access to info in real-time. But for aircraft material, it’s not the case, we are still buying parts like we did 30 years ago. With its unique technology-enabled approach SkySelect can process thousands of part requirements 24/7 to deliver meaningful savings of 20% or more with a fully automated ordering process,” said Kaarle Karp, Head of Supply Chain at Magnetic MRO.

“The opportunity has never been greater to save on aircraft material. There is an abundance of excess inventory available today, arguably, more than during any other prior period in commercial aviation history,” said Erkki Brakmann, CEO and Founder. “However, best deals and savings will not wait and are often passed up because hunting for such deals is labour-intensive, requiring knowledge, data and managing more suppliers.”

“As airlines cut costs and reduce staff, they are forced to do more with less, which only worsens the already existing operational inefficiencies,” said Brakmann.

SkySelect integrates the supply chain in a way that eliminates manual effort by having less orders and suppliers to manage, while also driving tangible cost savings by working closely with buyers and sellers and constantly searching for the best options from the market.

“There are many more supply chain opportunities in the aviation market than you can see on a daily basis. The part you are searching for might be lying on someone’s shelf not used. SkySelect helps Magnetic MRO to find hidden gems in the aviation market and deliver them with great cost savings and superb quality,” said Natalja Lagno, Strategic Purchasing Manager, Magnetic MRO.

Image: Erkki Brakmann, SkySelect and Kaarle Karp, Magnetic MRO

AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers

AM Craft expands 3D printing capabilities

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AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers

Latvia-based specialist aerospace additive manufacturing service provider, AM Craft, has purchased four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers to provide certifiable 3D printed parts for a wide range of aircraft interior applications including aircraft seating and panelling.

“In recent years, we’ve seen an ongoing demand for 3D printed production parts among major aircraft OEMs,” commented Jānis Jātnieks, Co-founder and CEO, of AM Craft. “Although COVID-19 has shocked the industry in the last few months, we are seeing efforts to return to business by remodeling passenger planes for cargo shipments, as well as projects to increase customer safety measures and improve the in-flight customer experience – for example by providing mobile device charging stations and Wi-Fi infrastructures. In such cases, additive manufacturing is way ahead of slower and more costly traditional methods.

“One of the mainstay pillars that enables us to realise this business case into real-world applications is Stratasys’ highly-repeatable FDM-based 3D printing technology in conjunction with aerospace-grade materials like ULTEM 9085 resin. Crucially, this gives us the capability to meet strict rules and regulations around certification that require the highest level of repeatability and traceability with every part manufactured,” he added

The flame-retardant, high-performance ULTEM 9085 resin meets stringent flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) criteria and retains traceability required by the aerospace industry. Certified to Airbus material specifications, ULTEM 9085 resin allows the company to produce strong yet lightweight aircraft interior parts at significantly reduced manufacturing cost.

AM Craft’s investment will compliment an existing hardware line-up of four Stratasys Fortus F450mc 3D Printers. Collectively, the battery of eight FDM-based machines will provide the heartbeat of a dedicated new additive manufacturing facility in Riga that will focus specifically on fulfilling the application requirements of the company’s customer base of aircraft suppliers and airlines.

AM Craft’s investment will see the company become one of the largest independent aerospace-focused 3D printing service providers in EMEA. The business will operate as a sister company to Baltic3D, an established 3D printing service provider that has worked closely with companies within the aerospace supply chain since 2017. Baltic3D has an ongoing collaborative partnership with certification company, Magnetic MRO, under whose POA it was granted authorisation to produce certifiable aerospace parts.

AM Craft’s Riga facility is expected to be fully operational in Q4 2020.

Image: AM Craft Co-founders Jānis Jātnieks (right) and Didzis Dejus in front of the service provider’s four large-scale production-grade Stratasys F900 3D Printers
Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

Magnetic MRO completes ATR programme for Finnair

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Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

Magnetic MRO has completed Finnair’s ATR programme. During the course of the near year-long programme, 12 aircraft underwent interior modifications and 11 of them received new liveries.

“Finnair ATR 72 interior and exterior refurbishment programme was a complex process which involved multiple Magnetic MRO departments, including painting, line maintenance and interior production. The synergy between them was outstanding thus we are extremely happy with the results and the positive feedback received from our client,” said Rihards Priedkalns, Aircraft Paintshop Manager at Magnetic MRO.

The contract for complete paint work, full interior refurbishment and maintenance on all 12 of the airline’s ATR 72 fleet operated for Finnair by its partner company Norra was signed in spring 2019 and the first aircraft was delivered from Magnetic MRO’s Tallinn hangars to the customer on 8 May 2019.

For Magnetic MRO’s Interior team, this project involved producing the largest number of new details for an aircraft that the company has ever manufactured for a single interior project, like new kick strips, stickers, latches and hinges for overhead bins, and other design elements.

The Tallinn production facility of MAC Aero Interiors

MAC Aero Interiors receives Airbus approval for Tallinn facility

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The Tallinn production facility of MAC Aero Interiors

The Tallinn production facility of MAC Aero Interiors has received approval from Airbus for the manufacture of literature pockets for A380 aircraft.

MAC Aero Interiors had previously been producing parts for Airbus in its plant in the UK, before its relocation in early 2020 to Estonia.

“Since Airbus already has experience working with MAC Aero Interiors, they are aware of our comprehensive approach and capabilities. Thus the approval process was smooth – and it also gave us the opportunity to introduce and showcase the newly opened Tallinn facility,” said Zuzana Obračajová, Sales Director at MAC Aero Interiors

Magnetic MRO temp cabin modifications

Magnetic MRO offers temporary passenger aircraft cabin modifications

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Magnetic MRO temp cabin modifications

Magnetic MRO is offering temporary cabin modifications to passenger aircraft for COVID-19 medical cargo transportation.

The company’s DOA (EASA Part 21J) team is able to perform two modification options. The first involves leaving the seats and fixing cargo boxes on them with special straps, while the second option allows the removal of seats, leaving 0 PAX LOPA with change to type of operations.

“Being able to support both options allowed by EASA, our team can offer prompt support so airlines can continue to operate and contribute to their countries during this difficult time,” shared Vytis Petrusevicius, Head of Design Organisation at Magnetic MRO. “Additionally, we can also support the execution of modification, providing customers with one-stop-shop solution and ensuring the efficiency of the service, which is crucial at this time.”

Magnetic MRO DOA also holds STC and can provide cabin modification for medical stretchers installation on various aircraft types, including A321 Family, B737-800, B747-400, B777-300, ATR and others.

MAC Aero Interiors relocates to Estonia

MAC Aero Interiors locates production facility to Estonia

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MAC Aero Interiors relocates to Estonia

MAC Aero Interiors, the UK-based subsidiary Magnetic MRO, has moved its production facility to Tallinn, Estonia. The new facility in Estonia’s capital was opened in January 2020 and publicly on 4 March 2020.

Changes in the economic environment in the UK prompted the decision to support its customers in full-scope delivering high standard service via Magnetic MRO Part 145, POA, DOA certified production facility in Tallinn, Estonia.

MAC Aero Interiors Ltd. remains the supplier and holder of its contractual obligations, while production is executed at MAC Aero Interiors Ltd parent company Magnetic MRO facility – benefitting from the wide network of Magnetics’ overall infrastructure in Tallinn. Additionally, China-based MAC Sichuan (a subsidiary to MAC Aero Interiors) continues to provide cabin total technical care support for large-volume orders and brings exposure to the Asian market.

“Year 2020 is a time to write own successes story for MAC Aero Interiors: from the New Year, the big step ahead was taken in our development strategy, resulting in the whole interior business being consolidated under one umbrella – under the name of MAC Aero Interiors. This includes production that has been relocated from the UK as well as the expansion of DOA services and growth of operating interior shop in Tallinn. Our production team has streamlined facility processes, while sales team continue bringing new opportunities and deals that feed our interior business in the short term as well as secure long-term partnership for sustainable work-flow,” commented Inga Duglas, Commercial Director at Magnetic MRO.