By S.L. Fuller | February 7, 2017
Panasonic Avionics recently unveiled its new facility in Dubai, the company says. The 148,000-square-foot facility provides software development and test, media integration, harness manufacturing, repair and overhaul, and real-time fleet monitoring services for customers.
By placing the new facility at Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA), Panasonic aims to serve more than 85 airlines from 52 countries located across the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, and Africa (MECSAA). It employs more than 300 professionals across multiple fields, including field engineering, human resources, manufacturing and more. The facility also delivers more than 20,000 wiring harnesses to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and airlines each month, repairs about 65,000 devices each year, and manages software and media integration for 33 airlines. It is also the new home for Panasonic’s MECSA Innovation Hub (iHub), which is co-run by Panasonic Avionics and its subsidiary, Tactel.
“The iHub was established to focus on maximizing engagement between our airline customers’ brand and their passengers through superior embedded, mobile and other digital experiences,” says Neil James, vice president of the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia and Africa Regions for Panasonic Avionics. “Panasonic and Tactel will merge technology, innovation and design with airline business needs to develop 3, 5 and 10 year roadmaps. Every time we meet with customers in the MECSAA iHub we will be bringing fresh ideas to the table.”
Panasonic Avionics also says the facility is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-Certified building the company operates. Manufacturing facilities feature regionally sourced and recyclable materials, and the building can use solar energy to yield a 50% reduction in energy.