AJW scales down ex-Aveos repair shop for 2013 re-opening

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UK spare part specialist AJ Walter Aviation (AJW) is preparing to re-open a former Aveos Fleet Performance component repair shop in early 2013.

AJW took over the facility after the Canadian MRO provider filed for bankruptcy in March. Aveos had opened the repair shop in Montréal in 2011 as part of an effort to improve productivity and expand its component support capabilities.

The new activities will be on a smaller scale than under Aveos' ownership, however. The UK company says in a statement that it has "altered the building's footprint" and repositioned interior equipment to increase efficiency for the future business, to be named AJW Technique.

"Even though the [original] facility was very spacious, there was significant opportunity to improve process flows and enhance operational efficiency", adds Greg Martin, the site's general manager.

While Aveos planned in early 2011 to move up to 500 employees to the repair shop, AJW intends to have around 200 technical and additional management staff members.

AJW also appears to focus exclusively on components for Airbus and Boeing types, whereas Aveos had also offered capabilities for Bombardier and Embraer regional aircraft.

Martin says that AJW is "verifying capabilities and services" to offer customers a "clearly defined scope of repairs". This will be supported with "dynamic working partnerships" with original equipment manufacturers.