Air Comm Corporation (ACC) is ready to lead the worldwide market for exceptionally capable aircraft environmental control systems after record-breaking performance in 2011.
â€œACC enjoyed record sales last year,â€ said ACC President Keith Steiner.Â â€œWe posted a 17 percent revenue increase over 2010.â€
Â â€œStrong sales of our industry-leading heating and air conditioning systems were coupled with implementation of remarkably productive lean initiatives and 5S projects that reduced our costs,â€ Steiner explained. A team of Air Comm executives and experts on every aspect of aircraft environmental control will be available to meet visitors and discuss technical issues during Heli-Expo 2012.Â The Air Comm exhibit, featuring the companyâ€™s advanced technologies, is located in Booth 9743.
A major factor in the companyâ€™s sales growth was a near-doubling of air conditioning system orders for the popular Eurocopter AS350 AStar to 46 units. â€œWeâ€™re excited with the growth in system sales for the AS-350,â€ said Steiner.Â â€œWe believe this is indicative of the reputation that Air Comm has gained for our product performance and support when a relatively new system like this is received so positively.â€Â For example, ACC equipped the Los Angeles County Sheriff Aero Bureauâ€™s entire fleet of 12 AS350s with air conditioners. â€œWe were very pleased to gain the trust and confidence of the L.A. County Sheriff Department on this program,â€ said Steiner.Â â€œIt was especially gratifying that this came as a result of direct product comparisons and the positive market feedback that this customer received on Air Commâ€™s product support.â€
Another significant development was a contract award from the U.S. Army to develop a cockpit heater and windshield defroster for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet.Â This significant program is the latest success in Air Commâ€™s long-term strategy to develop a broadly diversified product mix and customer base.Â Today, approximately 1/3 of the companyâ€™s total revenue derives from military customers, and Air Comm is currently pursuing a number of additional military programs despite planned defense budget cuts.Â â€œWeâ€™re selective in the military programs that we look at,â€ said Steiner.Â â€œAircraft that weâ€™re engaged with, such as the Black Hawk and the Kiowa are such critical platforms that we feel they are relatively safe in the budget.â€
For 2012, Air Comm is continuing its strategy of growth and diversification within their core competency of aircraft environmental control and will be focusing on a plan to explore additional markets and customer segments that the company has not yet fully realized.Â The company is forecasting at least 12% sales growth for the year.
Backed by exceptional engineering and technical capabilities, Air Comm Corporation designs, manufactures and supports more than 20 heating and air conditioning systems for a range of helicopters, including Agusta, Bell, Eurocopter, MD and Sikorsky. Additionally, ACC has specialized expertise in fluid mass analysis, system performance testing and electro/mechanical system design, development and production. Other capabilities include CNC tube fabrication, wire harness fabrication, circuit breaker/relay/control panel design and production and engineering services. The company is ISO9000/AS-9100 certified.