AMA provides a structure through which the partner companies remain independent but liaise and co-operate on a regular basis.
Read more here about what our Management Team have to say.
“A priority for AMA is always to be responsive to any changes in the aerospace industry and to ensure that our offering remains relevant. That goes for the metals that we supply, as well as our processing capabilities and our services. We have never looked to supply a simple ‘out-of-the-box’ solution but rather one in which we listen to customers’ specific requirements to develop bespoke solutions accordingly. This will not change.”
“At AMA we’re not talking just about added-value machining but also added-value services and integrated supply chain solutions. An example of which could be managing customers’ supply chains and their long tail of smaller suppliers, resulting in a grocery store concept in our strategically located warehousing facilities. This reduces the customers’ footprint and costs associated with non-core activities such as stockholding, allowing them to generate additional revenue from their core business activities.”
“We strive to be the ‘go-to’ people for our customers. Even if the question doesn’t pertain to a product we supply, but relates to our market or a complementary product, we want to provide a full library of service. We pride ourselves on complete customer service, above all.”
“We interact a lot as we work in the same marketplace. The alliance allows each company to focus on what they do best, while being able to access bigger contracts by working together.” This goes beyond just the UK though, with Taylor adding, “I have contact with the heads of all the businesses, talking to all of them once a month at least.”
“We attended a trade fair in Germany and received some enquiries regarding a Chinese contract which we were able to pass through an export BDM at AMA as it makes sense to service it from the region. India is also an interesting market, so it is good to have people there. This is what I see as one of the biggest benefits of AMA. We are able to offer a wider range of products through our AMA brothers and sisters.”
PASU supply a product called Cronidur 30. Booie commented, “It’s a trademark alloy of a mill out in Germany. They’re the only one in the world that owns the patent of the alloy and we have the North American distribution rights. We also stock another alloy called 13-8 Supertough. We’re the right-to-buy supplier for Lockheed Martin for the F35 program on that alloy, so we support Lockheed Martin on a global basis on that product.”
“At Wichita we’re handling multiple programmes right now with five CNCs and a sixth one slated to go, already approved, so we’re doing quite a bit of first operation machining, both roughing and prepping. Going forward, I would say that machining is going to be the biggest part of the business over the next five to ten years.”
“We are a speciality metals distribution service centre, primarily focused on stainless steel, aircraft alloys (re-melted alloys - either vacuum melted or speciality melted). We don’t really deal in any commodity products at all. We do all kinds of different processing in-house, including cutting and we do a great amount of value-added, where we might do some things in-house, then send it out for some processes and maybe bring it back in to do some further work.”
“We have merged our two new sites in the north of France where we specialise in ‘direct line feed’ with our employees working at our customers’ sites and feeding their equipment daily with a very wide range of products. In Nantes, we have two sites: one for aluminium plates & sheets and one for hard alloy and extruded products where we undertake a lot of processing. In Germany, we specialise in pre-machined parts with 3-axis CNC centres and a unique band-saw to produce frames. We deliver more than 3,000 parts per month to various European customers.”
“Aerospace manufacturers are searching for the ultimate peace of mind in materials supply. Material stockholding, first stage machining and supply contracts, designed around our customers’ needs, enable Gould to offer the complete package. We can hold stock of our customers’ material, processed to the correct stage, in bespoke areas of our warehouse, ensuring confidence in material availability and supply, even on a just-in-time or DLF basis. This enables customers to free up storage space to concentrate and develop core activities to grow their own business.”