The demand for lightweight, high-quality cabin equipment increased once again in 2017. This has enabled the Bucher Group to invest in the expansion of its production plant in Sinn-Fleisbach, Germany. Among other things, a new wet paint booth was installed. Now the complete value chain for processing Honeycomb panels can be covered in-house. This high degree of vertical integration enables Bucher to influence the quality at every stage of production and react agilely to our customer demands.
Foremost however, numerous product improvements and innovations were presented in 2017:
Galleys and misc. monuments for the latest wide-body aircraft
In the line-fit segment, we successfully delivered the world’s first galley shipset for the new A330-900neo for the launch operator TAP Air Portugal. As a result, we have steadily increased our market share on the A330 and are now the market leader on this platform. In 2017, we also launched the development of a new galley system for the upcoming Boeing 777-9X.
In addition, we expanded our activities in the retrofit market in 2017. Following the successful completion of various challenging programs in terms of lead-time and technology, we are now even better positioned to bring our skills and strengths to new, complex projects. In the retrofit market, we can revert to a constantly growing product portfolio of galleys, front row monuments, partitions, doghouses and crew work stations.
Medical equipment for helicopters and passenger aircraft
On the new Airbus H135 with Helionix cockpit we have already obtained the approval for our EMS Kit AC67 and successfully completed the installation of the first customer, DRF Luftrettung. In addition, we also achieved the approval for our EMS kits for installation on the new H135 EMS floor as well as for Airbus’ multifunctional floor, so that customers now have the option to choose, the right solution from the various variants. On the H145 we were able to further expand our market position with our flexible and modular HEMS equipment AC70. More than half of all H145-T2 HEMS operators worldwide now trust in Bucher’s equipment.
In 2017 we were also able to increase our market share with our patient stretchers for passenger aircraft. More than 100 satisfied airlines worldwide use the universally applicable and robust stretchers daily to transfer patients worldwide.
Mechanisms for premium applications
For first and business class seat manufacturers as well as manufacturers of business jets we were able to start new and interesting projects. Customers value our ability to develop and manufacture mechanisms that function reliably and easily within small spaces.
2017 was another successful year for the Bucher Group. Innovative products enabled us to expand our product portfolio and our market position. Bucher has been a reliable partner in project management for 65 years, which means that high quality products and reliable services have been delivered on-time for 65 years. This customer orientation will remain at the heart of our business in 2018 and we are convinced that this is the key to another successful year.
Where can you join us in 2018?
From 10th to 12th April we will be exhibiting at the AIX trade fair in Hamburg with exciting innovations in the field of lightweight construction and catering.
From 27th February – 1st March we will be presenting with a new stand at the HAI trade fair in Las Vegas. In Europe we look forward to your visit at our booth at Helitech International/AirMed in Amsterdam from 16th October – 18th October with our modular and flexible EMS equipment.
From October 16th to 18th, we will be at NBAA-BACE in Orlando, Florida with the full range of mechanisms for premium business jet and VIP interior applications.
If you would like more detailed information about our trade fair presence, please do not hesitate to contact us.