TBD stimulates investment strategy

Expenditure on infrastructure and capabilities at Bridgend factory enables specialist aviation ground support and maintenance access solutions provider to meet global surge in orders, and future-proof the business.

PRESS RELEASE – Bridgend, Wales, 29th October 2018: TBD, the British manufacturer renowned for professionally engineered ground support equipment and specialist access solutions for the global aviation industry, has responded to a 30% uplift in sales this year with a far-reaching investment programme.  Designed to fast-track scheduled process improvements and streamlined production in the manufacturing facility in Bridgend, the Company has invested more than £0.5m so far on new equipment and enhanced training for its engineers, technicians and designers.

Steve Meredith, CEO of TBD, explains his development strategy and the market forces behind it:

“TBD is committed to sustaining our reputation as a first class manufacturer of aviation ground support and maintenance equipment. With a pedigree that spans several decades we have consciously undertaken a policy to retain our UK production base because this ensures we not only retain complete control over quality, but we are also 100% in control of our deliveries to customers.  The airline industry is highly competitive and challenging and this approach is in stark contrast to many of our competitors in the UK and overseas who have moved production to Eastern Europe and Asia.

“Investment in our people, plant and equipment means that we are well placed to meet increased demand – and we have achieved approximately 30% growth in sales in the last twelve months.  This growth, which has been centred primarily on our ground handling equipment such as our new range of towable passenger stairs, baggage trailers and award-winning cargo dollies, can be attributed to many factors, but primarily we are seeing customers worldwide come to TBD because they know they can get the durability and quality they seek.  Many have suffered from poorly constructed equipment produced that may have seemed cheaper at the outset but constant repairs and unsuitability for the harsh environments in which they are expected to perform day in, day out soon negates any perceived savings. TBD draws from a significant heritage of carefully considered world-leading engineering expertise, and our products are designed, built and rigorously tested for optimum performance and longevity – customers need to trust not only the safety and strength of the equipment but also the engineering integrity of the design.”

TBD is also at the forefront of innovation. As aircraft maintenance heads towards a new technological chapter and service deliveries become even more focused on rapid turn around and higher capacity, the integral role played by support organisations like TBD needs to keep pace. Higher volume orders and greater demands on the equipment itself mean that all processes involved at source must evolve too.

TBD has invested progressively in robotically assisted manufacturing to increase output and stabilise product consistency resulting in performance that its customers can rely upon. This enables skilled engineers and technicians to focus on bespoke solutions and new product development.

Identifying what makes the difference to customers over the long term is at the heart of TBD’s success and Meredith says that the Company understands the provision of true value when it comes to capital investment in infrastructure and equipment, especially those items which are used non-stop with a lot of moving, co-dependent parts, and are clearly influenced by a strong human involvement.

“Well engineered ground support tools that can withstand changing weather, continue to be robust and fully functional in the hands of many users, and remain cost effective to maintain ensures a reduced total cost of ownership throughout the units’ lifecycles. Investing in TBD equipment ensures a relationship of on-time support delivery and minimised downtime across the service supply chain.”

HSBC UK has firmly supported TBD’s programme of investment and underpinned this phase of capital expenditure.  Warren Lewis, HSBC UK’s Head of Corporate Banking in South Wales, says that the bank’s confidence in TBD to deliver improved efficiencies and cost savings to keep ahead of increasing demand and deliver future growth is well-placed.

“Over the past year TBD has also evolved its business model to form strategic partnerships for long-term supply contracts with leading airlines, airport equipment lessors and large aircraft maintenance providers. Delivering this level of continuous supply matched with consistent quality has involved capital expenditure on manufacturing equipment and fast-paced technical training. We are pleased to have supported TBD through this important phase in its development and provided the financial backing the business needed to realise its growth plans.”

TBD Media Contact

Jane Goring – Inter Relations & Company

Tel: +44 (0) 1403 218588 / E-mail: jane@inter-relations.co.uk

TBD speaks to Airside International Magazine about its industry-leading reputation for innovation and quality

Gareth McAuliffe, Business Development Manager at TBD spoke to Airside International Magazine about the Company’s industry-leading reputation for quality and innovation, and exciting new projects in the pipeline. Click on the link below to read the article:

Airside International October

TBD delivers 700 container dollies with patented safety hoop system

Munich, Germany, 10th October 2017: TBD, renowned for ground support equipment and specialist access solutions for the global aviation industry, has delivered 700 container dollies featuring their patented safety hoop design to a flag carrier airline as part of a safety initiative. TBD announces the news at this week’s Inter Airport Europe in Munich.

Following close discussions with the airline, TBD developed the safety hoop system which is designed to eliminate fatalities and life-changing injuries to ground handling staff. A common activity amongst operators working adjacent to cargo handling systems is to cross over the bar between adjacent dollies or trailers to reach the other side of the train. This can result in life-changing injuries – and, in several devastating cases, death – when the train starts to move during the crossover. TBD designed a highly effective bright yellow safety hoop to be attached to the drawbar of its ACD157 container dolly, providing a visible deterrent to discourage operators from taking the shortcut between adjacent trollies or trailers.

TBD is rolling out this patented safety hoop system across its full range of baggage and cargo handling products. Passengers flying through Heathrow are now unlikely to travel through the airport without seeing this effective solution in action.

Steve Williams, Engineering Director at TBD, says: “In an airport environment where injuries are commonplace, safety is absolutely paramount. Equipment needs to be robust enough to withstand heavy usage and be used by inexperienced operatives in an industry with a high staff turnover. A solution to this problem is TBD’s highly effective safety hoop system. We are showcasing this at Inter Airport Europe in Munich and we are anticipating high interest from safety conscious airlines, aircraft operators and GSE lessors.”

For further information on the services offered by TBD, please contact: Steve Williams, Engineering Director, on +44 (0)1656 652 202 or swilliams@tbduk.co.uk.

 

ABOUT TBD

TBD is a highly respected Ground Support Equipment manufacturer and provider of Specialist Access Solutions to the aerospace and defence sectors. The facility in Wales (UK) employs a team of more than 100 engineers and highly trained technicians who manage the streamlined processes that sustain the quality production standards that leading airlines, aircraft MROs and airport authorities rely upon for safe work practices. Visit: www.tbduk.com                                                                                                     

TBD Media Contact

Jane Goring & Lizzie Cooper – Inter Relations & Company

Tel: +44 (0) 1403 218588 / E-mail: jane@inter-relations.co.uk  lizzie@inter-relations.co.uk

TBD welcomes new International Sales Manager, Jonathan Attfield

PRESS RELEASE

 

Bridgend, Wales, 17th July 2017: TBD, renowned for ground support equipment and specialist access solutions for the global aviation industry, has expanded its team with the addition of a new International Sales Manager, Jonathan Attfield.

 

Attfield joins the team this month, where his technical expertise within the aviation MRO environment will further strengthen TBD’s sales and marketing team and provide worldwide commercial and military sector experience.

 

Gareth McAuliffe, Business Development Manager – TBD, is spearheading the Company’s highly focused growth strategy and comments: “Jonathan joins TBD at a pivotal point.  We have introduced several important safety innovations that will have significant global impact on base and line maintenance operations.  His established relationships with airlines and MROs will enable TBD to fast-track these solutions to the benefit of operators and airport authorities who seek robustly engineered equipment that can be relied upon in hazardous, harsh and hectic situations.”

 

Attfield began his sales career at Latchways PLC, where he spent nine years as Product Sales Manager, responsible for global sales of the WinGrip aircraft fall protection system; managing accounts with aircraft manufacturers, airlines, MROs and military organisations; securing private and public contracts; and managing maintenance contracts. He went on to join Granada Material Handling as its UK and European Aerospace Sales Manager, where he was responsible for developing new business with aerospace manufacturers and securing contracts to supply cranes and specialist lifting equipment.

 

For further information on the services offered by TBD, please contact: Gareth McAuliffe, Business Development Director, on +44 (0) 1656 652 202 or gmcauliffe@tbduk.co.uk.

 

ABOUT TBD

TBD is a highly respected Ground Support Equipment manufacturer and provider of Specialist Access Solutions to the aerospace and defence sectors. The facility in Wales (UK) employs a team of more than 100 engineers and highly trained technicians who manage the streamlined processes that sustain the quality production standards that leading airlines, aircraft MROs and airport authorities rely upon for safe work practices. Visit: www.tbdowenholland.com

                                                                                                                        

TBD Media Contact

Jane Goring & Lizzie Cooper – Inter Relations & Company

Tel: +44 (0) 1403 218588 / E-mail: jane@inter-relations.co.uk  lizzie@inter-relations.co.uk

TBD (Owen Holland)’s Current Offer on Ramp Maintenance Access Equipment

We are currently offering an exceptional saving on our Ramp Maintenance Access Package which includes the Small, Medium and Large General Purpose Steps plus an additional Landing Gear Platform, all for a discounted price when you buy all 4! Discounts are also available for bulk orders and all items are available now. We will also be at the AP&M Expo in Olympia, stand A12 from 31st May-1st June, to discuss this great offer.

The Main Landing Gear can be positioned to any tricky access area by 1 person in under 2 minutes and can be used for any narrow and wide bodied aircraft. It also has a lightweight aluminium ladder/ platform and can be towed. To find our more on the Main Landing Gear, please click here.

Our General Purpose Steps are also lightweight and can be moved by 1 person, it can carry up to 2 persons and has a hydraulic height adjustment with stabilisers. To find out more about our General Purpose Steps, please click here.

This great offer is only available for a short amount of time, to place an order or find out more, please contact either:

Our Sales team on 01656 652202
Gareth (Business Development Manager) on 07580 367143
Steve (International Sales Manager) on 07970 122763

 

TBD Owen Holland’s General Purpose Steps

Our low-maintenance General Purpose Steps are available in 3 sizes to accommodate both narrow bodied aircraft such as the A320 and B737, and the larger steps specific for the A380 and B777 aircraft, it can be easily manoeuvred by 1 person thus making labour intensive tasks more manageable plus the hydraulic stabilising jacks lock to ensure shifting weight on the platform cannot generate further movement in either cylinder.

Designed with a fully welded corrosive resistant aluminium construction and built with an inward opening access gate off the front plus half height telescopic handrails around the platform helps your crew gain access to the aircraft. Also, the double punched platform/ stairs allows for free draining and is slip resistant.

To view more about our General Purpose Steps, please click on the link

TBD Owen Holland Patented Designed MLG Access Platform

TBD Owen Holland’s Main Landing Gear (MLG) Access Platform has been constructed to provide aircraft ramp maintenance engineers with a reliable, efficient and low-maintenance piece of equipment for any ramp operation when working on aircraft.

Made in Britain, it is designed to allow easy access for your inspection and repair needs, the lightweight MLG Platform has elastomer polyurethane tyre castors that can be easily positioned and can pass under any obstructions requiring minimal effort.

The adjustable height top platform is suitable to support 2 people working on B747, B757, B767, B777, B787, A330, A340, A350, A380 aircraft allowing access to the main undercarriage and low wings whilst also providing access to the top of MLG Bays.

There are also handrails for cargo bay doors and wing edge guards that can be used in the Hangar or towed when transported. The Anti-fall and enclosure bar at the rear of the platform ensures that your health and safety needs are met.  The lower frame of the unit boasts a fully welded steel construction with a power coated finish for exceptional durability plus the welded aluminium upper structure are guided by nylon rollers for stability and ease of use.

The self-compensating hydraulic jacks are simple to deploy from the control point at the base of the access ladder and can be easily lowered even when the front castors are positioned under the MLG door. The MLG also provide access to fuel boost pumps, grease points, gas charge valves, break lock out valves, gear bay lights and all actuators for greasing and maintenance as well as the hydraulic control system for lift/ stabilisers and the stoop angle.

Welcome to the new TBD website

Welcome to the new TBD website. We hope that you are able to find the products and information you require easily. If you have any questions please use the contact page to get in touch – we’ll only be too happy to help.

May we also take this opportunity to wish all of our customers, past and present, a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Visit our stand at Inter Airport 2015!

TBDUK Owen Holland are excited to announce our position the Inter Airport Exhibition in Munich on 6-9th October 2015.

Inter Airport is the worlds leading one stop shop exhibition. The exhibition boasts a vast variety in equipment, technology and services for ground handling, terminal operations, airport IT and airport Design.

TBDUK Owen Holland will be bringing along an extensive range of our trusted GSE including;

  • Passenger Stairs
  • Landing Gear Access Platforms
  • Adjustable Height Steps
  • Cargo dollies

We hope to see you all there at our Outside Stand.