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Zodiac Seat Shells & Zodiac Cabin Interiors U.S.

Aiming to Support

zodiac seat shells' products
combined with the seats create
a business class environment on
aircrafts.

the retrofit of aircrafts. "It's all
depending on what the industry
needs," Guy says.

Growing Strong
Both firms combined employ a staff
of more than 1,400 and occupy a footprint of 300,000 square feet in Santa
Maria. "We continue to grow even
after the split," Wile adds.
Although Zodiac Seat Shells has
experienced "some of the challenges
of any business that is growing at an
aggressive rate," Wile says 2013 has
proven to be a very positive year for
the firm.
"A big achievement that we've had
over the last year is we've developed,
designed and manufactured about six
new platforms of business-class
suites together with the seat companies," he says.
Zodiac Cabin Interiors has had
many achievements, as well. "[Our]
Santa Maria site is the passenger service unit center of excellence for
Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Interiors and
Structures," Guy says. The firm also is
a winner of many Crystal Cabin
awards for its products.
"That's a big deal in our industry,"
he says, noting that the company
recently won one for its Airbus A320
ISIS Interior, which features the
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Both Zodiac Seat Shells and Zodiac Cabin
Interiors have a substantial footprint in Santa
Maria, Calif., but the firms are quite modest compared to the reach of their parent company, says
Paul Wile, the vice president and general manager of Zodiac Seat Shells. "Zodiac Aerospace's
presence is rather impressive," he asserts.
The firm, based in Plaisir, France, is located
worldwide on 98 sites and has a staff of
30,000 employees. "[We are] a world leader
in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well
as helicopters and space applications," it says.
"Zodiac Aerospace aims to anticipate and support the needs of its clients by responding to
the new challenges of the market."

SmartBin storage system. The unique
design allows for maximum use of
available space which translates into
extra luggage capacity and a more
spacious cabin.
Guy also credits the firms' successes to their relationships with partners and suppliers. "Materials such
as decorative laminates and vacuum
form plastic can be selected from
suppliers like Schneller for optimizing an operator's cabin interior aesthetics and their premium seating
environments," he explains. "These
partnerships allow the OEMs and
operators to create aircraft cabin
designs that lead the industry in
comfort and design."

C&D Aerospace until it was acquired
by Zodiac in 2005. Since then, "The
business has been booming for us,"
he says.
With Zodiac Aerospace's leadership, C&D was able to boost the size
of its staff. "[Zodiac Seat Shells] went
from zero to 1,000 employees in less
than three years," Wile says.
Zodiac Aerospace also combined
C&D's composite business with its
own strategic platforms. "We were
able to take Zodiac's expertise in seats
and marry it up with our expertise in
composites to create a wholly new
business," Guy says, noting the firms
hope for more growth. mt

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Zodiac Seat Shells and Zodiac Cabin
Interiors share a focus on lean manufacturing. "Lean is really the backbone of our manufacturing strategy,"
Wile says, noting that the firm utilizes such tools as one-piece flow.
"We've had cycle times improved up
to 70 percent."

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Schneller LLC is proud to be a preferred partner to
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Ready for Another Boom
Wile and Guy see strong futures for
their firms under the ownership of
Zodiac Aerospace. Previously, Guy
explains, C&D operated privately as


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