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Flextronics to Build Avionics Units for Chinese Aircraft

12 June 2014

Aviage Systems has selected electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Flextronics to manufacture its integrated modular avionics (IMA) cabinet units for commercial aircraft programs in China.

Aviage Systems, a joint venture between General Electric Company (GE) and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), is a provider of avionics systems and a tier-1 supplier to China's first commercial aircraft, COMAC C919.

The IMA cabinet is a key subassembly that forms the core avionics system of an aircraft, interconnecting flight controls with the plane's other subsystems. The product requires a wide range of components, including a high-precision card cage,multiple backplanes and large cable assemblies, according to Aviage.

Flextronics, headquartered in Singapore, has been providing supply chain solutions to Aviage Systems from its facility in Suzhou, China. The facility, which is AS9100C aerospace-certified, is equipped with a lab and offers failure analysis, product qualification, test, and manufacturing design solutions for the aerospace industry.

Aviage said it selected Flextronics Suzhou based on the EMS provider’s supply chain solutions and expertise in providing reliable, high quality technical solutions for the aerospace and defense industry.

Dan Ostrosky, senior vice president of aerospace and defense for Flextronics, said the EMS provider was pleased to partner with Aviage Systems and contribute to the IMA cabinet project.

"Flextronics strives to provide our customers with value-added supply chain solutions such as manufacturing support for the next generation of commercial aircraft programs in China," he said.

Flextronics, which had $26 billion in sales in its last fiscal year, provides manufacturing and supply chain services for a variety of industries, including defense and aerospace, data networking, telecommunications,enterprise computing and storage and medical among others.

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