Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (GAMECO) have signed a five-year integrated materials management (IMM) programme contract.
The agreement marks the first time Boeing will provide a comprehensive materials management solution in Mainland China.
Boeing said its new five-year programme would provide demand planning, on-site personnel, and logistics services to support GAMECO’s operations to optimise materials purchase and inventory costs and also improve production service levels.
The contract expands an existing partnership between Boeing and GAMECO, with the companies having worked together on passenger-to-freighter conversions for standard and widebody aircraft, including the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) and 767-300BCF lines as well as 777/737 landing gear overhaul.
“Boeing’s inventory management programme is data-based and tailored to the needs of GAMECO,” said GAMECO’s general manager Norbert Marx. “This programme will secure the availability of parts and material in a timely and cost-efficient way while reducing our inventory holding costs. GAMECO is excited to enter into this smart programme with Boeing to the benefit of better support to China Southern Airlines and our broad domestic and international airline customer base.”
Boeing Global Services’ vice president of commercial spares and managed parts Mini Desai commented: “We continue to leverage our Boeing Global Services capabilities and strengths to build packaged offerings that address the value propositions most important to our customers. China is a strategic and important market for Boeing Global Services. This partnership will enable us to better serve our customer base in China and provide solutions as market demands increase in the future.”
GAMECO was established in October 1989 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines and Hutchison Whampoa (China) from Hong Kong that specialises in aircraft and airborne component maintenance, repair and overhaul.