Gore Announces Strategic Partnership with A. E. Petsche
Pleinfeld, Germany (July 19, 2010) – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., has entered into a strategic partnership with A. E. Petsche Company to distribute GORE® FireWire® cable products for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 Lightning program, the Department of Defense’s next-generation strike aircraft system for the Navy, Air Force, and Marines. A. E. Petsche will manage the requirements of all program partners to ensure optimum stocking levels and timely distribution.
According to Tom Sharp, Gore’s JSF Program Manager, Gore entered into this partnership because of A. E. Petsche’s proven ability to address customer requirements quickly and effectively. “Our commitment to the JSF F-35 Lightning program is well established through many years of support. This alignment addresses emerging needs to provide value-added services that extend beyond the physical product,” explains Sharp. “And one of the most significant benefits of this partnership is that these additional services will come without any increase in cost to the customer.”
A long-term partner with Gore, A. E. Petsche is a well-recognized provider of logistics services supporting interconnect products to the aviation industry. Glenn Davidson, Chief Executive Officer of A. E. Petsche, says the company will stock JSF/ F-35 products in the United States as well as in Europe, meeting demand through its widely recognized ZERO-BASE® Inventory Program, which provides customers reliable material flow and consistent quality. Davidson summarizes, “Our customers depend on us to be solution-providers. Through this partnership with W. L. Gore & Associates, adding F-35 Lightning products to our existing product range will provide just-in-time delivery solutions for this important program.”
About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
With more than 8,000 employees around the world, W. L. Gore & Associates provides diverse, high-performance solutions in consumer, industrial, electronic, medical, and surgical markets. As well-known for its unique corporate culture as for its products, Gore's 50-year success story rests equally on product and organizational innovation. The company operates more than 45 facilities worldwide with headquarters in Newark, Delaware, USA. For information about Gore’s full line of electrical and electronic products for the aerospace industry, visit gore.com/aerospace.
About A.E. Petsche Company, Inc.
A.E. Petsche Company is the world’s leading supplier of high-performance military/aerospace interconnect products and services. The company is headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and operates sales offices and distribution centers worldwide. Effective in December 2009, A.E. Petsche Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics, Inc. For additional information on A.E. Petsche Co., visit www.aepetsche.com.
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