W. L. Gore & Associates, Newark, Del., has entered into a strategic partnership with A. E. Petsche Co., of Arlington, Texas, to distribute GORE FireWire cable products for the F-35 Lightning II program.
According to a July 19 announcement at the Farnborough Airshow, A. E. Petsche will manage the requirements of all program partners to ensure optimum stocking levels and timely distribution.
“Our commitment to the JSF F-35 Lightning program is well established through many years of support. This alignment addresses emerging needs to provide value-added services that extend beyond the physical product,” said Tom Sharp, Gore’s Joint Strike Fighter program manager. “And one of the most significant benefits of this partnership is that these additional services will come without any increase in cost to the customer.”
A.E. Petsche provides logistics services supporting interconnect products to the aviation industry. As of December 2009, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics, Inc.
The company will stock F-35 products in the United States as well as in Europe, meeting demand through its ZERO-BASE Inventory Program.
“Through this partnership with W. L. Gore & Associates, adding F-35 Lightning products to our existing product range will provide just-in-time delivery solutions for this important program,” said Glenn Davidson, A.E. Petsche CEO.