October Member Spotlight: Wim Huijs, Enginetics Aerospace Corporation
Enginetics Aerospace Corporation
Innovation requires a drive to bring something new forward, to acquire an edge over your competitors. For some industries and companies, innovation is the equivalent of providing a brand new product or service to the market. For others, like Enginetics Aerospace Corporation, inventiveness in their industry requires a slightly different approach: a radical focus on improving the operations and processes within an organization instead of simply the end result.
As CEO of Enginetics, Wim Huijs values the company’s membership in the EACC for regularly exposing him to the processes and problem-solving tactics utilized by other industries. “The EACC gives me the opportunity to step outside the day to day news and developments of aerospace engineers and learn about what’s going on in the elsewhere in the business world,” Wim says. “The EACC is the vehicle for bringing people together and making it possible to reach goals faster by interacting with and learning from other industries.”
As a leading provider of complex sheet metals components and fabricated assemblies for the aerospace industry, the products Enginetics provides are already defined. “Instead of producing something new, we are uniquely positioned to bring innovation to our processes,” Wim says. “At Enginetics, we are constantly striving to expand the processes we use, looking into ways to do things better and faster, as a means to extending our capabilities.” Central to maintaining a forward-thinking momentum is Enginetic’s proactive approach to reducing and preventing mistakes in the process of creating products for clients. Enginetics has taken a page from client playbooks and implemented some of the same auditing practices to ensure the highest quality. The auditing practices include the installation of a “quality clinic,” in which defective materials are taken to a special room for root cause diagnosis and corrective analyses. According to Wim, “People will always make mistakes along the way. But these auditing practices have allowed us to reduce scrap by 40 % in just one year, and achieve an edge over our competition.”
Enginetics Aerospace Corporation was founded in 1976 as a jet engine component manufacturer and based in Huber Heights, Ohio. In 2010, Morgenthaler Private Equity in Cleveland acquired Enginetics from its founder. With 105 skilled employees in a 56,000 square foot building, Enginetics celebrated its 35th anniversary as a leading sheet metal component and fabricated assembly manufacturer for commercial and military aerospace engine market.
Enginetics Aerospace Corporation
- Enginetics Aerospace is the proud supplier of the top 3 OEM’s in aircraft engines: GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce and their Tier-1 suppliers in a global market
- 2009 and 2010 recipient of “Supplier Gold” award for Pratt & Whitney, a status that places Enginetics Aerospace in the top 3% of approximately 2700 suppliers
- Enginetics Aerospace will certify as an ISO14001 company by the end of 2011. This is an internationally recognized certification recognizing standards that reduce an organization’s negative impact on the environment.