Little things like tiny imperfections on the surface of critical jet engine parts can affect the engine’s efficiency in a big way. Similarly, concentrating on a small portion of a very important and expensive market can result in big growth. That is the strategy that AV&R Aerospace has adopted.
“What we do is provide robotic solutions for part finishing, surface inspection and painting,” CEO Jean-François Dupont explains. “We focus our effort on the critical parts inside the jet engine. We decided in 2008 to focus our energy in that particular market. It’s not a big market, actually, but the goal of the company was to be recognized as the leader in that area and to use that recognition to explore other market segments. We succeeded pretty well, so now the company is well-known inside of the OEMs. On top of that, we have established R&D partnerships with Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation.”