Magnetic MRO to begin 3-D printing of aircraft interior components

A plane being fitted out in Tallinn by Estonian firm Magnetic MRO. (Sander Ilves/Postimees/Scanpix)
11/23/2016 12:39 PM
Source: BNS
Category: Business

Estonian aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) company Magnetic MRO and MAC Interiors, a subsidiary acquired in February of this year, are working on using 3-D printing technology for more cost-effective and quality interior solutions.

Magnetic MRO recently sent its research and development specialists to study 3-D printing possibilities at MAC Interiors' manufacturing facility, Magnetic MRO said in a press release. This led MAC Interiors to use 3-D printing technology in their production process for the first time in the company's history.

"MAC Interiors recently started a new program with a leading aircraft interior product manufacturer in order to design and produce functional mock-ups for a client's new product," the press release stated. "This was the first time that MAC Interiors has ever designed 3-D printed parts for a client, which resulted in high quality production with the assistance of Magnetic MRO."

Founded as Aviation Furnishings International Ltd. in 1962, the UK-based MAC Interiors focuses on the retrofitting and refurbishment of lavatories, galleys, seating, partitions, stowages, monuments and VIP interiors for commercial aircraft.

Situated on the territory of Tallinn Airport, Magnetic MRO has been engaged in aircraft repair and maintenance since it was established in 2002. The company belonged to SAS until 2010, when it was acquired by Baltcap Private Equity Fund. In 2014, two Cypriot companies, Sasmex Investments Ltd. and Tiaravia Services Ltd., acquired one-third of shares in the company. At present Baltcap owns 70 percent and four minority shareholders 30 percent of the company.

Last year, Magnetic MRO doubled its revenue from 18 to 36 million euros.

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