Novator sells more equipment to Boeing SC, establishes repair center in WA

Sales increase for Swedish supplier of portable orbital drills for drilling titanium into composites as does its commitment to service.

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Novator AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced that Boeing has placed an additional order for portable orbital drilling equipment for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner production in North Charleston, SC, US following earlier successful implementations of the equipment at this facility.

“We are glad that Boeing's 787 factory in South Carolina sees great productivity benefits with using our equipment and has decided to increase the scope. We are looking forward to supporting Boeing South Carolina in the production ramp-up of the 787” says Novator CEO Hans-Petter Andersson.

In fact, the company announced on February 15 that it has signed a lease for a facility in Everett, Washington to service and repair its orbital drilling equipment used in 787 production. As reported by The Herald Business Journal (Everett, WA, US), Novator's Everett center will employ up to six workers for support, warranty and repair work as well as program design and customer relations.

“We are encouraged with our new presence in Snohomish County,” said Andersson. “For us, this is the first step in our long-term plan to grow into the North American aerospace market with local personnel to facilitate enhanced service and support of our customers.”

According to The Hearld Business Journal, Novator plans to initally staff the facility with workers from Sweden, but will eventually train local workers to do the repair work, with potential for the same type ofequipment to be used on 777X production line. For now,  Novator's Everett facility will repair drills used on the 787 in both Everett and South Carolina.