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LAI International - Platinum Source Award from Northrop Grumman

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: 03 May, 2008  (Company News)
LAI International,has earned the Platinum Source Award from Northrop Grumman for quality control and on-time delivery of precision-manufactured airframe components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“Our best-in-class technology, extreme focus on operational efficiencies across the value chain and commitment to quality and on-time delivery made the critical difference in establishing LAI as a strategic supplier,” Stewart Cramer, president of LAI, said. “We are honored to receive this distinguished supplier recognition from Northrop Grumman. Having already received similar recognition from Lockheed Martin and the Boeing Company, we feel that this firmly establishes us as a world-class aerospace supplier.”

LAI has a multi-year contract to manufacture 21 different highly engineered, precision-machined titanium and aluminum structural panels that fit on the Airframe of three variants of the advanced attack aircraft F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet--a Conventional Take-Off and Landing aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, a Carrier Variant for the U.S. Navy; and a Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Navy. LAI has collaborated with its customers to engineer the panels for manufacturability, and the LAI team coordinates supply chain management of several manufacturing processes--including hot-forming, CNC machining, chemical milling, finishing and five-axis precision waterjet drilling--to supply completed components for assembly on the aircraft.

“A review of your product history for the previous 12 months reflects sustained excellence as a supplier of quality products and on-time delivery to Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems,” John Saliture, Director, Supplier Quality for Northrop Grumman, said in a letter to LAI. “The Platinum Source Supplier Award is recognition for your high level of quality and delivery performance as a Northrop Grumman I.S. Supplier.”
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