Most people have heard of top aviation parts manufacturers like Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Despite more well-known companies, these two make up just a fraction of the major aerospace manufacturers whose work keeps our aircraft flying smoothly. This blog will list the twelve top aviation parts manufacturers and provide a bit of information about each of them.
Boeing is a designer and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft & rotorcraft. Additionally, the company boeing produces and sells avionics, engines, instruments, rockets, missiles, satellites, and telecommunications equipment. It was founded in 1916 in Seattle, Washington and is currently headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense corporation. As of 2019, it was the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States and the sixth-largest in the world. The company is perhaps best known for their Gulfstream business jets. General Dynamics is based in Reston, Virginia, though their Gulfstream aircraft are designed and produced in Savannah, Georgia.
Lockheed Martin is an aerospace, defense, arms, security, and advanced technologies company based in the United States but with a large presence throughout the world. As the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin has a significant presence in all their operating segments. In addition to the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies, the company does business with many commercial operators and foreign governments.
Airbus is a European aerospace corporation with main offices in France, the Netherlands, and Spain. As of 2019, Airbus was the world’s largest airliner manufacturer. The company designs and manufactures civil and military aerospace products around the world. Airbus’ three divisions are Commercial Aircraft, Defense & Space, and Helicopters.
United Technologies, now known as Raytheon Technologies, is an American multinational conglomerate based in Waltham, Massachusetts. Raytheon Technologies is one of the largest aerospace and defense manufacturers by revenue. The company researches, develops, and manufactures advanced technology products in the aerospace and defense industries such as aircraft engines, avionics, aerostructures, missiles, air defense systems, drones, and more.
Bombardier is a Canadian aerospace manufacturer that produces products and solutions relating to business & commercial aircraft, aerostructures, and engineering. They produce fuselages, engine nacelles, wings, bulkheads, doors, stabilizers, and system components. Bombardier’s engineering services cover experimental and ground testing services, tooling, and component MRO.
Arconic is an American company that specializes in the production of lightweight metals such as fasteners, fittings, and removal & installation equipment for the aerospace and defense industries.
Senior Aerospace is a producer of machined components for the aerospace industry. Senior’s jet products department manufactures turbine engine parts, nacelle mountings, attachment rings, and duct fittings. The company is based in Burbank, California, though their jet products facility is in San Diego.
Jamco Aerospace is an aerospace parts manufacturer with focus on machining and aircraft sub-assembly services for both military and civilian applications. Their line of products comprises a full range of parts from small turnings to large castings and structural sheet metal assemblies.
Amphenol Corporation is a worldwide leader among interconnect product manufacturers. The company designs, manufacturers, and distributes airframe and avionics parts for communications, engines, missiles, and rotorcraft. Their operation in the commercial market pertains primarily to interconnect systems and components as well as circuits and cable management products.
SKF USA is a manufacturer of roller bearings and related products such as seals, rods, struts, and precision elastomeric devices. In addition to the aerospace and defense industries, SKF USA manufactures items for use in industrial applications and the automotive, electrical, service, and steel industries. The company is a branch of SKF, a Swedish bearing and seal manufacturing company. SKF is the largest bearing manufacturer in the world.
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