The trend toward outsourcing of maintenance work might benefit specialist tool manufacturer Stahlwille (Hall 4, F6), which is a regular attendee at Farnborough and other major shows.

Peter Borrowdale, technical representative for the German company's wholly-owned UK subsidiary, says a significant number of engineers already use the company's range of aviation tools at third-party maintenance companies.

"Sometimes potential customers opt for seemingly similar tool systems which may be cheaper than ours, so the growing number of engineers using our equipment is a good form of promotion to highlight our equipment and associated tool control systems," he says.

The specialist forging company manufactures a 4,000 strong range of products, 60-70% of which are suitable for the aerospace industry. A similar percentage applies to the tools which are bought by the aerospace manufacturing sector compared with the maintenance sector, with a similar bias in favour of military applications over civil. Stahlwille is highlighting its swipe access locking system for tool kits, which reduces the hazards associated with mechanical locks.

Source: Flight Daily News