In the first stages of the pandemic, there was a dramatic decline in the number of air passengers which also reduced the production and usage of aircraft. Today, this is not the case. In fact, travel is garnering the popularity it once had and GSE manufacturers are making technological strides to improve their products. With this in mind, this blog will cover 9 leading GSE manufacturers that are stirring up the aviation realm.
Founded in 1987 by President Matt Sheehan, the company is an international distributor and manufacturer of aircraft GSE. It also manufactures aircraft towbars, GPUs, heads, oxygen/nitrogen servicing carts, and more. In 2019, it introduced its 28V DC Hybrid GPU called the JetGo 300, serving as the new addition to the company’s JetGo line of hybrid GPUs.
Serving as a prominent engineering group based out of Switzerland, Cavotec SA manufactures and designs electrification and automation technologies that are needed for operating mobile equipment at airports and ports. It is considered the only supplier of fully integrated remote and gate apron solutions which help in lowering emissions and reducing fuel consumption.
In the field of vehicle instrumentation, battery management, and motor control, Curtis Instruments, Inc is a leading innovator. Founded in 1960, it designs products with maximum performance and flexibility in mind. In 2020, Long Beach Airport (LGB) in California installed 15 electric chargers for GSE that are worth 14 million dollars.
Founded in 1975, this company is an affiliate of the Sojitz Group and made its debut with a focus on business operations in the field of aerospace and defense equipment. Today, the company has broadened its capabilities to meet the high consumer demand in the security and space fields. It also provides an array of GSE, such as simulators.
Known as a reputable manufacturer of pre-conditioned air units and GPUs, ITW GSE is also recognized for having modular designs that allow for quick repairs and servicing. In 2019, Lyon airport in France chose ITW GSE to replace its 5 semi-centralized systems with 20 pcs of 90 kVA ITW GSE 2400 GPUs. More than that, their new line of products feature the Plug&Play system that has the capacity to regulate an aircraft’s plug voltage automatically.
JBT is a US-based manufacturer of airport equipment and food processing machinery. Furthermore, the company also manufactures various GSE, including pushback tractors, deicers, and cargo loaders. In 2019, JBT signed an agreement to acquire LEKTRO, a prominent supplier and manufacturer of all electric, high-quality pushback vehicles and towbarless tow for a number of commercial aviation and business jet markets.
Though Mallaghan originally served as a civil engineering firm, today it is recognized as a leading supplier of airport ground support equipment. In 2020, Mallaghan received a contract worth 3 million Euro from UTG Aviation Services Holdings, enabling the company to supply deicing units to the Moscow Domodedovo Airport.
This manufacturer is known for providing GSE and associate service solutions. Its product portfolio includes a wide range of GPUs, conventional and towbarless push backs, belt loaders, baggage tractors, and other related products. In 2020, Textron launched a new technology called Guardian for Premier deicers that eliminate human errors from shut-down and start-up procedures. Additionally, this new technology minimizes the risk of delayed flights, unnecessary downtime, and costly repairs.
TLD is a provider of GSE that is used by several airports across the globe. It prides itself in its ability to reduce maintenance costs, surge reliability, and dynamic efficiency. In September of 2020, TLD declared that its GSE was utilized by Air France in order to operate the ‘all-electric turn around’ of AF226 which was bound for Delhi, India.
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