Farnborough 2016: A large aircraft can withstand harsher conditions than an aerospace show. Despite appalling weather conditions, BÖHLER Aerospace is satisfied.
The weather at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) demanded drastic changes to meeting plans. Even so, contracts worth over USD 120 billion were signed at the event.
FIA – one of the largest
Just 50 kilometers away from London, the airshow in Farnborough, Hampshire, is the world’s largest aerospace technology trade fair after the Paris Air Show. The 2016 event marked the signing of orders for 856 aircraft during the four days of business.
BÖHLER companies have appeared at the event since 1982 (formerly as the Vereinigte Edelstahlwerke AG) in their role as major suppliers of aircraft components. In 2016 again, they made a joint appearance as BÖHLER Aerospace.
Meetings with key customers
Between July 11 and 15, 2016, top manufacturers and suppliers met at the 50th FIA (an unofficial count) to deepen existing relationships or establish new business contacts. Thomas Kornfeld, Managing Director of BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik, is satisfied with the outcome: “We succeeded in asserting our position as a top supplier of materials, structural parts, and components in high-alloyed steel, titanium and nickel-based alloys during our numerous meetings with decision-makers working for the aircraft manufacturers and their Tier 1 suppliers.”
Environment positive, weather bad
The aerospace industry continues to demonstrate a consistent upward trend. As Thomas Kornfeld established, the dialog partners reacted in a positive manner to the BÖHLER companies’ current investment plans. Together they succeeded in exploring future business opportunities at Farnborough.
It is usual for business appointments to be scheduled for the first days of the FIA. “This tradition proved its worth this year,” the Böhler Managing Director grins. “The FIA turned out not to be as resistant to the weather as the aircraft on show, and the grounds had to be evacuated occasionally.” However, this has had no negative impact on business.
"We succeeded in asserting our position as a top supplier of materials, structural parts, and components in high-alloyed steel, titanium and nickel-based alloys during our numerous meetings with decision-makers."