Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving global aerospace/defense markets, today reported that its France-based Souriau subsidiary was awarded Best Supplier of the Year 2012 by Safran Group subsidiary Labinal, the worldwide leader in wiring production for the aerospace industry. The award recognizes the supplier achieving the highest level of cooperation in a variety of criteria to support Labinal’s success during the year.
Esterline CEO Brad Lawrence said, “Getting this kind of recognition is a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction and our continual focus on working with our partners to deliver high-end, reliable, and often custom products at the best value.”
Souriau President Jean-Luc Gavelle added, “This award was made possible by the great efforts of our staff to develop superior connection solutions. Our team strives constantly to improve, positioning Souriau products and Esterline people as clear leaders in quality and operational excellence worldwide.”
Labinal presents an operational excellence award annually to celebrate the performance of suppliers achieving exceptional standards of service and production. Of the top 100 suppliers to Labinal, Esterline Souriau was chosen as the 2012 Supplier of the Year for achieving high marks in the key focus areas for the award and also for showing a desire to progress through a process of continuous improvement.
The criteria for the award include: responsiveness, reliability, and competitiveness in the day-to-day relationship with Labinal and other partners; a focus on continuous improvement and lean culture, risk management, and an ability to implement innovative standards; and success in supply chain optimization efforts including lead time reductions, quality policies, and flexibility to support short-term or unforeseen needs.
Souriau is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation, operating within the Esterline Connection Technologies business platform. Souriau specializes in high-performance, harsh-environment interconnect solutions for aerospace, defense, energy, and industrial equipment markets. Esterline’s Souriau facilities include a worldwide network of operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
Esterline Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core business segments: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, Esterline employs roughly 12,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Operations within the Advanced Materials segment focus on technologies including high-temperature-resistant materials and components used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes, and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products. Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, cockpit integration systems, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other high-end industrial and gaming applications. The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, specialized harsh-environment connectors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.