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About Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) wants to bring aviation to a (hopefully not screeching) halt. MABS makes steel brakes, carbon brakes and electric brakes, brake control systems, landing gear computers, brake temperature sensors, main and nose wheels, and wheel speed transducers. MABS braking systems are used in commercial and business jets, military aircraft, helicopters, regional turboprops, and general aviation aircraft. Major customers include Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Hawker Beechcraft. The company's parent company is UK-based Meggitt PLC.

Operations

MABS brakes and brake control systems are installed on an estimated 34,000 in-service aircraft. 

MABS is the trade name of the two Meggitt businesses supplying aircraft wheels and brakes -- Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation and Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems. More than 160 aircraft platforms use MABS wheels and brakes (which are involved in more than 15 million landings per year).

Geographic Reach

MABS has production facilities in Mexico, the UK and the US; and field offices in China, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Singapore and France.

Sales and Marketing

MABS provides aircraft braking systems through more than 10 distributors (such as AAR Distribution, Aerospace Products International, Ansett Aircraft Spares & Services, Aviall, Cosgrove Aircraft Services, GLOBAVIA SpA, and PT Pitman Nusantara) which distribute to a diverse group of customers like airline operators, aircraft constructors, private aircraft owners, and charter operators, governments and military operations, and other distributors.

Financial Performance

Note: Growth rates may differ after conversion to US Dollars.

Parent Meggitt's Airframe Systems, which provides Braking Systems, Fire Protection & Safety Systems, Power & Motion, Fuel Systems, Avionics & Sensors and Polymer Seals, accounted for 46% of its parent's total revenue in 2019. Airframe Systems revenue grew 5% to £1.1 billion in 2019 from £1 billion the year prior.

Strategy

The company's growth strategy is banking on securing new contracts and expanding its landing gear sub-systems control and monitoring capability. It also believes that growth will be achieved by developing new technologies.

In mid-2019, Meggitt was selected to provide brake and wheel upgrades for the current and future global ATR72 fleet. The next generation enhancements provide improved performance and reliability for the ATR72 aircraft's increased gross take-off weight, and will bring significant operating cost, reliability, and turnaround time improvements. 

Meggitt was also awarded a contract by Gulfstream to supply the braking system for the new Gulfstream G700 business jet. The contract includes the main and nose wheels, carbon brakes, brake control system, brake temperature monitoring system, and full autobrake capability via touchscreen control.

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation

1204 Massillon Rd
Akron, OH 44306-4188
Phone: 1 (330) 796-4400

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Designer: Rich Scherry
President: Kenneth M. Schwartz
Senior Vice President, Sales And Marketing: Jim Valentic
Employees (This Location): 769
Employees (All Locations): 1,100

Major Office Locations

Akron, OH

Other Locations

Danville, KY