ALLIEDSIGNAL Aerospace has formed a joint venture with the Chinese Research Institute of Aero Accessories (CRIAA) to produce environmental-control equipment intended for the Chinese and international markets.

The company, called CRIAA AlliedSignal Aero Accessories (CASAA), is the latest element of the US companies strategy, to penetrate the Chinese market.

CRIAA, a unit of state-owned Aviation Industries of China (AVIC), specialises in environmental-control systems, hydraulics, fuel systems, aircraft controls, electronics, and repair and overhaul. CASAA will be based in a new high- technology, economic-development zone near Nanjing.

AlliedSignal's expansion plans for China have spawned a series of joint ventures in wheel and brake repair and overhaul, aircraft-component repair and overhaul, with Chinese manufacturers.

Source: Flight International