Memmingen, 14 December 2018 – ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is one of Germany’s top SME employers. The editors of Focus-Business recently awarded this distinction to the aspiring company from Memmingen.

 Good news for ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH. It has recently been named one of Germany’s top SME employers. This distinction was awarded by the editors of Focus-Business based on an independent survey. For this assessment, Focus worked with kununu, which by its own account is currently the largest employer rating platform in Europe. Founded eleven years ago, this online portal has now performed around three million ratings for over 800,000 firms. kununu gives employees, applicants and apprentices the opportunity to anonymously rate a company in various categories. ACM was awarded 3.78 out of 5 stars, while 75 percent of respondents would recommend it as an employer.

Strong regional links
“We’re obviously delighted with this recognition. It confirms our commitment to being a reliable and attractive employer,” says ACM Managing Director, Roger Hohl. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our excellent team. Because without each and every member of staff, it would not be possible to produce such outstanding results day after day.” The international firm currently employs 120 people, has strong regional links and has helped to reinforce the Swabian economy in recent years, thanks to its outstanding performance. The majority of its employees and major suppliers come from the region. “Thanks to our excellent order book, we are urgently seeking additional staff at our Memmingen site: upholsterers, leatherworkers, interior designers, tailors, PMO professionals, developers, design engineers, interns and many more,” says Roger Hohl.

Renowned clientele
ACM is an aviation company that specialises in the development, production and complete overhaul of aircraft cabin interiors. This is where German engineering is combined with an understanding of quality and practicality. ACM creates designs which are as cost-effective as they are aesthetic, while at the same time fulfilling all legal aviation requirements. Thanks to its many years of experience, internal quality management and safety team, it counts both small aircraft manufacturers and the largest global airlines amongst its clientele. Through its corporate group, the company also has various international locations including Dubai, Toulouse, St. Nazaire and Bangalore, in addition to the Memmingen site.

Memmingen, 2 November 2018 – ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH having to expand at the start of 2019 despite new development plans. The strong growth seen across all business areas has led to an acute lack of space. The company will now be renting an additional 3000 square metres at the former site in order to temporarily meet the necessary space requirements. However, the shortage of skilled workers remains a challenge.

 A few months ago, ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH announced its intentions to purchase a plot of land with an area of almost 15,000 square metres on the Memmingen airport grounds, with a view to using this site for the construction of a new building. As a specialist in complete cabin interiors, ACM wanted to take this step, in order to make its workflows more efficient, as this would mean that aircraft could be driven straight into the hall for conversions.

New development plans revised
“The already very positive order situation has continued to improve so much over the last few months that we are unable to wait until completion of the new building before expanding our business”, explains ACM Managing Director Roger Hohl. “Luckily, space has become available at our former site, and we are able to rent this space on a short-term basis”. The additional 3000 square metres mean that the current space requirements can be met for the time being. The new area will be divided up evenly into a production area, a high-bay warehouse and a goods delivery area. ACM’s current business expansion marks only a minor change from the new development plans at Memmingen airport, with only the building planning being modified as a result of the strong growth.

Numerous specialists required
Not only does ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH urgently require additional space, additional personnel are also needed. The company, which currently employees 120 employees at the Memmingen site, is looking to hire upholsterers, interior designers, tailors, PMO professionals, developers, designers, engineers, trainees and others within the production and office-based business areas. The majority of the employees and major suppliers are all local to the region. Therefore, ACM, with its company headquarters in Memmingen, will once again contribute to regional value creation and the strengthening of Swabia as a business location.

Renowned customer base
ACM is an aviation company that specialises in the development, production and renovation of entire cabin interiors, and combines German engineering expertise with a taste for quality and practicality. ACM creates designs that are both attractive and cost-effective and meet all of the prescribed requirements within the aviation sector. Thanks to the company’s long-standing experience, internal quality management and dedicated security team, its customer base includes both small aircraft manufacturers as well as some of the world’s largest airlines. In addition to its Memmingen facility, the company group also has multiple international sites in locations such as Dubai, Toulouse, Saint Nazaire and Bangalore.

Memmingen/Dresden, 14th August 2018 – In the last twelve months, ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH, alongside Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), have developed the most comfortable and largest flight crew rest compartments in cargo aircraft to date. These new rest areas have a modular structure and optimise the recovery phases of pilots on long-haul flights. This new development will be installed for the first time in a converted Airbus A330-200 during the course of the year.

Since the permitted working hours of the flight personnel are exceeded on long-haul flights with extremely long flight times, the crew rest compartments offer the ideal resting place for the on-board staff. This makes it easy to comply with the legal regulations relating to service and recovery times, which naturally has a positive impact on aviation safety and the efficiency of airlines.

Two specialists – one objective
Two companies who are absolute specialists in their fields have now joined forces in the form of ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH from Memmingen and EFW from Dresden. While EFW converts Airbus passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft, ACM is responsible for the entire cabin interior. “The two companies have therefore set themselves the objective of developing not only the largest and most comfortable flight crew rest compartment, but also one that is multi-purpose in its deployment,” explains ACM Managing Director Roger Hohl. Comfortable mattresses, sound-absorbing and light-impermeable curtains and an appealing design concept ensure optimum relaxation and privacy for crew members.

One-year development time
The new development is installed directly behind the cockpit and can accommodate two people. The upper bed can also be easily converted into storage space with two nets – a world first. A special protective cover is used to protect the mattresses against dirt, wear and moisture. “The development of the new flight crew rest compartment took a total of twelve months due to its complexity. We are very satisfied with the outcome. The new product is not only modular, but also easy to install and remove,” says Roger Hohl, who also praises the outstanding cooperation with EFW.

Renowned clientele
EFW is a Dresden-based company rich in tradition that today combines a wide range of aviation and technology activities under one roof. In addition to the development and production of flat lightweight components for structures and interiors, the company’s core competencies also include the conversion of Airbus passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft and the maintenance of virtually all Airbus types. The conversion of an Airbus is considered a substantial modification carried out on behalf of the aircraft owners from civil aviation.

ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is based in Memmingen, Germany, and a specialist for the entire cabin interior. This is where German engineering is unified with an understanding of quality and practicability. ACM creates designs which are as cost-effective as they are aesthetic, while at the same time fulfilling all legal aviation requirements. Thanks to its long-standing experience, internal quality management, and safety team, it counts both small aircraft manufacturers and the largest global airlines among its clientele. The company has 120 employees at its facilities in Memmingen. Via the company group, it also has various international sites, e.g. in Dubai, Toulouse, St. Nazaire, and Bangalore.

Memmingen (GE) / Addis Ababa (ET), 11th July 2018 – ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is entering into a manufacture and supply partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline. In future, seat covers, seat belts and carpets will be manufactured in Ethiopia in accordance with EASA European aviation quality standards and supplied to the ACM production line.

ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is entering into a production and supply partnership with Ethiopian Airlines for the manufacture of seat covers, seat belts, carpets and other cabin equipment. “We are pleased to be entering into a strong partnership with the Ethiopian Airlines Group and expanding with cabin equipment made in Ethiopia. In doing this, we are also supporting the country’s development programme. I am extremely proud to be cooperating at a high quality level with Africa’s largest airline. I am certain that this represents a major step forwards,” said delighted ACM Managing Partner Arash Noshari.

One hundred new jobs
The new production facility in Ethiopia will naturally meet the strict requirements of the EASA European aviation authorities. Over 100 new jobs will be created in the process. “We are therefore not only creating over 100 new jobs in Ethiopia, but also transferring expertise in order to certify the local employees or rather, the new production facility, in accordance with European standards. As a consequence, this is the first time that ACM is also acting as a training organisation,” explains Roger Hohl, Managing Director of ACM.

Initially, the cabin equipment will be manufactured with imported raw materials. The objective, however, is to certify leather and materials made in Ethiopia for the demanding production process in the near future and, subsequently, continue to build up and develop the country’s textile and leather industry. “In accordance with our government’s industrialisation policy, we are working together with aircraft manufacturers and suppliers to the aerospace industry in order to be able to develop a wide range of products for the aerospace industry. The partnership with ACM Aerospace is a huge milestone for us in this respect,” explains Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines Group.

Renowned clientele
Thanks to its long-standing experience, internal quality management, and safety team, ACM counts both small aircraft manufacturers and the largest global airlines among its clientele. The corporate group has various international locations such as Memmingen, Dubai, Toulouse, St. Nazaire and Bangalore. Ethiopian Airlines, which currently owns 109 aircraft, is the largest airline in Africa and has around 7,100 employees. Ethiopian Airlines is a member of Star Alliance.

Memmingen, 6th July 2018 – ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is planning a new building at the Memmingerberg airfield and intends to purchase a plot of land the size of two football fields. This investment by ACM shows a clear commitment to the region that will not only create jobs, but also increase regional value creation.

Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH, currently based in Memmingen with 120 members of staff, has signed a declaration of intent with Allgäu Airport GmbH & Co. KG. The plan is to buy almost 15,000 square metres of land within the airfield. “As complete cabin interior specialists for aircraft and helicopters, this move clearly shows our commitment to the continued development of our core competencies in the market,” explains ACM Managing Director Roger Hohl enthusiastically. “The exact nature and type of buildings we will have on the site are currently under intense discussion. But one thing is clear: ACM’s presence in Memmingen will be relocated entirely to the airport. We will not be operating multiple sites.”

Our customers are the world’s largest airlines and private jet operators
With the ACM site and the airport connected, for the first time it will be possible to roll aircraft and helicopters directly into our hangar for renovation works. This will make all work processes even more efficient. “We are currently evaluating our options with regard to the size of this undertaking. We have quite a lot of different options to consider. We are looking at different hangar sizes for accommodating aircraft ranging from private jets to commercial airliners like the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 series,” says Roger Hohl. Planning for such a large scope is very much necessary. And thanks to the many years of experience of our staff, we have the world’s biggest and most well-known airlines and highly exclusive operators or private and VIP jets among our customers.

Strengthening the business location
ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH is active internationally and investing several million euros in this trailblazing project. The company, based in Memmingen, has extremely strong links to the region and, thanks to its good performance over the last several years, has helped to strengthen the local economy. The vast majority of employees and major suppliers are local. “This new investment is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the Memmingen region, creating new jobs and further increasing regional wealth creation,” says Roger Hohl.

“We are happy about ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH’s plan to move their company headquarters to the airport and significantly expand their facilities. This decision confirms the appeal of our location, particularly for companies involved in the aviation industry. It also enables ACM and their customers to use quicker and more efficient processes,” adds Ralf Schmid, Chief Executive Officer of Allgäu Airport GmbH & Co. KG.

German engineering
ACM is a company that is specialised in the development, production and complete overhaul of aircraft cabin interiors. This is where German engineering is unified with an understanding of quality and practicability. ACM creates designs which are as cost-effective as they are aesthetic, while at the same time fulfilling all statutory aviation requirements. Through its corporate group, the company also has various international locations such as in Dubai, Toulouse, St. Nazaire and Bangalore, in addition to the Memmingen site.

Memmingen / Hamburg, 10th April 2018 – ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH presents a global innovation at Aircraft Interiors EXPO in Hamburg: “Smart Belt” is the name of the proprietary seat belt, setting new standards in passenger aviation with its ingenious sensor technology. It allows the crew to use an app to check whether passengers have fastened their belts. This not only increases safety, but also saves time.

The current selection of seat belts for aircrafts is extremely limited. The reason for this is simple: At the moment, there is only one provider on the entire market. ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH, which specialises in the entire cabin interior, is now changing this situation and launching its “Smart Belt” right on time for the Aircraft Interiors EXPO in Hamburg (10 to 12 April 2018). This global innovation is certainly a revolutionary innovation in this market segment.

Speeding up checks
The time crew members spend walking up and down the aisles before take-off and landing and in the case of turbulence to check whether passengers have fastened their seat belts will be revolutionised with the “Smart Belt”. Thanks to special belt sensors, this information will soon be presented to the crew via an app — at any time and interference-free. For example, if the passenger on seat 12C has not yet fastened his seat belt, crew members can directly request him to comply with safety regulations. Particularly in the case of suddenly occurring turbulence, this option increases safety not only for passengers, but also for crew members. Despite all the technology integrated into the Smart Belt, it does not weight more than standard seat belts used today.

No more compensation claims
Hence, the “Smart Belt”, a proprietary and patented product by ACM, ensures that the seat belt checks can be performed more rapidly and safely. But the new belt system has another advantage. If a passenger is injured during turbulence, it is a straightforward affair to prove whether his seat belt was fastened or not. In the case of possible compensation claims, this fact can prove to be a significant advantage. Roger Hohl, Managing Director of ACM is convinced: “We are certain that this product will make a significant contribution and provide added value to worldwide safety in aviation. In turn, this will have a direct influence on the reduction of incidents and injured persons due to passengers with incorrectly fastened seat belts — at all stages of a flight!”

Memmingen, 2nd November 2017 – Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH (ACM) is cooperating with Allgäu GmbH and taking a new approach in order to draw attention to the skills shortage in the aviation industry. ACM participated in the first Allgäu Job Challenge in which job hopper Annabelle tried out the role of aviation engineer at ACM.

The skills shortage is also omnipresent throughout the aviation industry as well as within associated supplier companies, such as ACM in Memmingen. Positions for aerospace engineers, for instance, continue to be difficult to fill. It is particularly difficult to find such profiles outside of large aviation centres.

ACM is therefore taking a new approach with Allgäu GmbH and participating in the first ever Allgäu Job Challenge, whereby job hopper Annabelle is trying out the profession of aerospace engineer at ACM’s facility. The job hopper was accompanied by radio and television crews at the work site.

Job hopper Annabelle
Annabelle is working for ACM for a few days and is familiarising herself with the products right in the very halls where they are created. She is going through a trainee programme at a variety of workstations, leaning how important and exact the high-quality processing of materials in aviation is. Not only does the low weight of the components play a part in aviation, fire resistance and stress limits of 9 or 16 G are basic components for the certification of the manufactured parts.

Production hall tour
It is impressed on Annabelle that components are manufactured for aeroplane cabins as well as helicopter cabins. Wall coverings, carpets, curtains and seat covers are only a few of the items in the product catalogue. What really stands out, however, is that ACM is the only non-manufacturer of seatbelts in Europe that can refurbish them. This is referred to as ‘seatbelt rewebbing’ in industry speak. “For airlines, it is much less expensive to have us refurbish seatbelts and flight crew restraint belt systems rather than buy new ones!” adds ACM Managing Director Roger Hohl.

Office work with the CAD programme
Part of an aerospace engineer’s job includes office work on a computer. Annabelle’s challenge is to create a carpet for an Airbus in the CAD programme.  It is a difficult challenge, but one she is able to master with the help of an experienced ACM employee.

The site in Memmingen
“It is not a disadvantage that the production site for an international aviation supplier is in Memmingen!” states Roger Hohl, Managing Director of ACM, adding: “We are, however, constantly confronted with this question, and it’s true that the search takes longer here in the country than it would in a big city.” But the advantages for both the employees and the employer are clear. On the one hand, there is good transport infrastructure here with the nearby motorway interchange and the airport. Employees also enjoy the work-life balance and the supposedly lower cost of living compared to a big city. “We are very proud to be able to say Made in Allgäu / Germany, Engineered for the Sky!” concludes the Managing Director Roger Hohl.

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27th June 2017 – Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH (ACM) is developing and constructing the cockpit and cabin for Dornier’s new flagship, the Seastar CD2 amphibious aircraft. This order marks a new milestone in the history of ACM. The company, which up to now specialised only in cabin interiors, is for the first time developing both the cockpit and the cabin for a new aircraft.

Dornier Seawings is presenting the latest generation of amphibious aircraft – the Seastar CD2 – which sets new standards in the areas of speed, range, safety, cabin size and low maintenance costs. Some well-known figures have also placed pre-orders for the new two-engine aircraft that can be used anywhere thanks to its ability to land on both land and water.

The highest quality cockpit and cabin
“Being able to develop and build the cockpit as well as the cabin for an aircraft prototype like the new Seastar is something very special for ACM”, says ACM managing director Roger Hohl enthusiastically. “For the first time in the history of our company, we are responsible for more than providing a comfortable and exclusive cabin interior, we are also providing the cockpit.” It will be fitted out with the latest ‘state of the art’ future-proof fittings.

On-site mobile workshop
The Seastar is currently in the prototype stage. The engineers from ACM and Dornier are therefore working together to develop a mock-up for the roll-out. This mock-up is like a 1:1 scale model of the cockpit and the cabin. ACM is carrying out this work with their mobile workshop unit at Dornier’s site at the special Oberpfaffenhofen airport. “The work we are putting into everything from development, design, and choice of materials, through to effective construction, is an exciting challenge as we are presented with questions such as where is the best place to attach a ship’s anchor to the aircraft”, explains Roger Hohl. The multi-national team is pursuing the goal of ensuring that the new version of the Seastar will make Dornier the leading provider in the aero-marine sector. The two-engine aircraft offers space for up to twelve people and has a maximum speed of 300 km/h with a range of 1,600 km.

Prestigious client base
ACM Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH, based in Memmingen, specialises in all aspects of cabin interiors. Here, German ingenuity is combined with an appreciation of quality and practicality. ACM creates a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing design that conforms to all air travel regulations. Thanks to their many years of experience along with internal quality management and safety teams, ACM has small aircraft producers as well as the world’s biggest airlines among its customers. The company has 120 staff working at its site in Memmingen as well as access to various international sites in the corporate group such as Dubai, Toulouse, St. Nazaire and Bangalore. The new cockpit and cabin order from Dornier is seeing ACM expand its range of offers into an additional attractive business area.

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ACMs participation in both exhibitions was again a huge success. This year the customers and visitors were particularly interested in the topic Composite parts.

AIX 2017
The annual exhibition provides a B2B- platform for more than 500 companies which are able to exchange information on an expert level. By now, ACM is a firmed component of AIX and every year the team is looking forward to presenting the latest products. From the production of seat covers up to a complete overhaul of a cabin- the meetings with different clients and visitors include a variety of ACM products. „Besides all the other products the clients and visitors were highly interested to see what projects ACM is involved regardig Composite Parts“, says the Head of Design Mariana Dauenhauer.

The participation in the fair has been a huge success again. ACM’s shuttle service for clients has been greeted with enthusiastic response. Furthermore, the exhibition stand which has been created and built by the own ACM team had a great feedback. On top of that the meetings with new and existing clients, including Lufthansa Technik, Recaro und EFW, have been promising. Next year AIX takes place from the 10th until the 12th of April 2018. The team is looking forward to welcome everyone who is interested in high-quality aircraft interior and to present their innovative products. The internationally fair for general aviation opens its doors the 25th time. Europe’s biggest fair for general aviation is a setting of newest innovations, a platform for professional exchange between companies and entertains with great shows.

AERO 2017
Also in the AERO fair the feedback on ACMs product portfolio was great. Besides the other products- visitors and clients were particularly interested in getting information about Composite Parts. Also Seat Covers, Belts and ACMs DOA Services were the focus of many meetings.

In general the participation in the AERO fair has been a huge success. On the one hand ACM met important clients such as Daher, AirPlus oder BREEZER AIRCRAFT. On the other hand, the company took the opportunity to arrange an exciting trip for all its employees to experience the fair. With this great experience, the team is looking forward to next year. The exhibition will take place on the 26th until the 29th of April 2018.

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