CHEP brings Efficiencies to Aviation Sector

Launch of first global pooling solution brings consumer goods, fresh food, automotive and more to aviation sector

Orlando, FL—Nov. 11, 2011--CHEP, a provider in pallet and container pooling and supply-chain services, has launched CHEP Aerospace Solutions, the world’s largest independent network of pooled unit load devices (ULDs) and repair centers. ULDs are used by airlines for the in-flight transportation of cargo, baggage and mail.

The new service brings CHEP’s longstanding global experience in pallet and container pooling across sectors, including consumer goods, fresh food, automotive, manufacturing and chemicals, to the aviation sector. It follows the recent acquisitions by CHEP’s parent company, Brambles, of Unitpool (an independent pooler of aviation containers and pallets) and JMI Aerospace (a specialist in the maintenance and repair of non-flight critical aviation equipment) as well as the proposed acquisition of Driessen Services (a specialist in the outsourced repair and maintenance of ULDs and airline galley equipment) from Zodiac Aerospace.

CHEP Aerospace Solutions’ newly-appointed President, Ludwig Bertsch, said: "The launch of CHEP Aerospace Solutions not only marks CHEP’s formal entry into an exciting new sector, it also represents an important industry milestone in providing an independent global pooling and repair offering for airline ULDs.

“Feedback from our airline customers and the aviation industry as a whole makes it clear that the sector is actively seeking solutions that reduce cost and increase efficiency. CHEP’s global pooling and supply-chain management experience across multiple sectors, combined with our aviation expertise, provides a world-first in end-to-end pooling solutions and repairs for airline ULDs.

Once the Driessen Services acquisition is complete, CHEP Aerospace Solutions will manage and service over 190,000 ULDs and airline galley carts at more than 300 airports globally, making it the world’s largest independent network of pooled ULDs and repair centres. The service will be supported by 41 global, aviation-industry certified, repair service centres, of which 21 are fully-operated by CHEP Aerospace Solutions, combined with a Global Operations Centre which operates around the clock, every day, to provide tracking services and customer support and utilising the latest tracking technologies.

CHEP Aerospace Solutions is designed to be customer-centric, adding value with additional services such as integrated global repair and specialty container leasing. Aviation customers have the flexibility to adjust their container and pallet stock needs on a monthly basis, in line with fleet, schedule and operational changes that may occur.

Another focus area for CHEP Aerospace Solutions is tackling energy costs and reducing carbon emissions. Bertsch said: “While fuel costs remain high, and pressure increases to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, many airlines are making the switch to new, lighter-weight containers. For example, Air Transat has recently converted to a lightweight container fleet and is experiencing significant benefits. These include cost and energy savings: a fleet of five wide-body aircraft flying an average of 12 hours each day can save up to $170,000 per annum (U.S.) in fuel costs, while also reducing approximately 540 tons of carbon dioxide per annum. CHEP Aerospace Solutions is encouraging and assisting airlines to also make this transition.”


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