Thursday, July 31, 2003

FAA certifies high-power GE jet engine


Industry notes: Manufacturing

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GE Aircraft Engines has completed a major milestone in bringing the world's most powerful jet engine into service.

The company said Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has certified its GE90-115B engine at 115,000 pounds of thrust. The approval marks the completion of a 20-month certification program for the engine, slated to enter airline service next year.

The engine is the exclusive power plant on Boeing Co.'s new long-range 777-300ER and -200LR jetliners.

So far airlines and leasing companies have ordered 66 of the long-range 777s, with engines valued at $2.5 billion.

The GE90 engines are assembled at the company's Durham, N.C., large-engine plant.

The company and Boeing expect to complete engine-aircraft certification by December. Flight tests on the 777-300ER have been under way since February.

Snecma Moteurs of France, Japan's IHI and FiatAvio of Italy are participating in the engine development.

All Service Plastic Molding adds machine

All Service Plastic Molding Inc., Dayton, Ohio, molding company and part of the Minco Group, has invested in a new 950-ton injection molding machine.

The new investment is the company's third this year and increases its number of molding machines to 39.

The Minco Group, which includes Minco Tool and Mold Inc. and another All Service plant in Clay City, Ky., employs 300.

Post Glover featured guest at trade forum

Post Glover Resistors Inc., Erlanger maker of electrical equipment, is becoming a poster boy for the benefits of free trade.

Post Glover, which has been marketing its electrical resistors in Singapore and is attempting to expand its business in China, was one of the featured small business speakers at last week's U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Fly-in" in Washington in support of ratification of the Singapore and Chile free-trade agreements.

Mark Meister, vice president of sales and marketing, spoke briefly at the chamber breakfast attended by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and other Washington officials about the importance of free trade to his small company.

Meister, who has testified before Congress on the importance of free trade agreements, said the company established Singapore as its base to manage its business in the region.

He and other company officials plan to return to China in August to complete the company's joint venture with its Chinese distributor.

Prograde in top 100 print distributors

Prograde Inc., Cincinnati-based supplier of corporate printing services, was recently named one of the top 100 print distributors by Print Solutions magazine, published by the Document Management Industries Association.

Prograde ranked as fourth-fastest-growing print distributor, according to the trade publication.

Cincom chosen as UK software provider

Springdale's Cincom Systems Inc. recently was picked to implement its manufacturing business solution products at seven sites in the United Kingdom for the British Ministry of Defense's Army Base Repair Organization, which services army equipment.

Cincom said its software should help the British Army improve processes such as contract quotations and repaired equipment delivery.

Financial terms weren't disclosed, but Cincom said it planned to complete the implementation by March 2005.

Cincom was also recently picked as one of Start Magazine's companies to keep an eye on.

E-mail mboyer@enquirer.com



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