Company Shows the Way to Go in the Aircraft Industry

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Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail

A south wales aviation support venture has unveiled plans to take off in the export market. The expansion by Swansea- based Planeweighs, the UK's leading contract weighing service to the aircraft industry, follows the launch of its own testing equipment. The company, which can weigh any size of aircraft from a Piper Cub to Boeing 747, has made inroads into the Benelux, Scandinavian and German markets in recent months after demonstrating its new technology at Europe's leading aircraft maintenance exhibition.

Planeweighs has traditionally stocked a versatile range of weighing equipment provided by an external supplier, but it has now augmented this equipment by developing its own weighing system.

Working alongside a Swansea digital engineering specialist, Digitrol, the company has devised new plane-weighing technology, harnessing sensitive new digital indication engineering developed specifically for the sector.

Technical director and com- pany co-owner David Dickinson said, 'It is a slow process to introduce new technology to this market sector, but we are extremely pleased with the response to date.

'We have received significant interest, a number of new orders and, above all, it has helped further re-establish Planeweighs as a leading specialist in our field.'

The company has demonstrated its new weighing platforms at the past two maintenance and repair organisation (MRO) exhibitions held in Hamburg, Germany, and most recently in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The company was supported by WalesTrade International (WTI) to attend the exhibitions, the overseas trade arm of the Welsh Assembly Government, resulting in prospective orders worth some pounds 175,000 being identified.

Mr Dickinson said, 'Develop- ing technology is a time- consuming and costly enterprise and the support we have received from WTI in taking this new technology into the market has been extremely valuable to us. …