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Zodiac Aerospace
www.zodiacaerospace.com / Revenue: $4.9 Billion / Headquarters: Plasir, France /
Employees: 32,388 / Specialty: Aerospace manufacturing

West

Raynor and her team work to stay at
the forefront of the industry to overcome aerospace industry challenges.
Some of these include reducing the
weight and bulk of on-board equipment and systems to improve aircraft
performance while also reducing cost
for customers. The company also is
introducing new functions and designs, as well as comprehensive and
integrated solutions that improve
passenger comfort and safety.
"We're always trying to produce
lighter parts more cost effectively,"
Raynor explains. "We must hit the
higher rates for OEMs. These are challenging, so we have to stay at the forefront of the industry with technological changes in the industry so we can
continue to be a world-class leader."
zodiac's advanced composites and engineered materials division produces about
230,000 parts daily.

World-Class

zodiac aerospace manufactures equipment and
systems for aircrafts. by stephanie crets
As a world leader in the aerospace
industry, Zodiac Aerospace manufactures state-of-the-art aerospace
equipment and highly technological systems on board commercial
regional, business and military aircrafts, and helicopters to boost their
performance and enhance flight safety. The company also supplies fully
integrated cabin interiors, which is
everything passengers see when they
board an airplane.
Cynthia Raynor, CEO of the Advanced Composites and Engineered
Materials Division, joined the company 22 years ago. Her division manufactures prepregs, honeycomb core, honeycomb panels, formulated resins,
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engineered plastics, metal details and
structural carbon composites. "We're
a highly vertical, integrated company," she says. "This gives us the ability
to provide everything from raw materials to components, to assemblies, as
well as fully integrated cabin interiors,
systems and structures."
Raynor oversees several manufacturing sites around the world, all of
which manufacture a lot of the raw
materials and some assemblies used
throughout all of Zodiac Aerospace, as
well as providing directly to the OEMs.
"We're delivering highly engineered
products with superior quality and delivering them on time, every time is a
must," Raynor says.

Always Adapting
Across its manufacturing plants, Zodiac Aerospace's Advanced Composites and Engineered Materials Division produces about 230,000 parts
every day. Raynor oversees eight business units, 3,400 employees and about
600,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The plants have to be on
their game because the product line
changes frequently. Because Zodiac
Aerospace supplies parts for the aircraft interiors, there's a lot of aircraft
configurability. Every airline wants its
own look to the interior, so the company constantly shifts to adapt to that.
"What we focus on is being able to
meet those ever-changing demands
that are happening constantly," Raynor says. "The sites are constantly
reviewing inventory levels and docking plans to ensure they can support
a vast majority of parts. When you're
supporting interiors, the configurations are limitless."
To further support this demand, the
company plans to expand its metal


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