Boeing set to acquire airplane seat and galley manufacturer to build internal capabilities and broaden offerings to customers
CHICAGO IL (STL.News) – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has entered into an agreement to acquire California-based EnCore Group, an aerospace interiors company that designs, certifies and produces airplane galleys and seats for airlines and also supplies products and components to Boeing.
Boeing’s acquisition of EnCore Group will strengthen internal capabilities and increase innovation within its cabin vertical in order to provide greater end-to-end value to airline customers—from increased options and better products to improved capacity and availability. The acquisition includes the entire company including EnCore Interiors, EnCore International and LIFT by EnCore. Boeing previously partnered with LIFT by EnCore on the launch of its Tourist Class Seating, designed specifically to complement the Boeing 737 Sky Interior.
“With this acquisition, we aim to deliver quality and high-value interior offerings that our customers expect and passengers prefer,” said Sheila Remes, cabin vertical leader and vice president of Strategy at Boeing. “Boeing and EnCore have a history of partnering on products, and we are excited for EnCore and its employees to join the Boeing family.”
The acquisition of EnCore Group is an example of Boeing’s strategy to complement organic growth with strategic acquisitions. Boeing’s cabin vertical is one of a series of targeted vertical integration efforts to provide more options and value to customers by developing and building in-house capabilities in key areas, including those that strengthen Boeing’s support of the customer, even beyond the airplane through Boeing Global Services. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2019.
With approximately 700 employees, EnCore Group is headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif., with facilities located in California and Mexico. EnCore Group has been a supplier to Boeing since its formation in 2011 and was previously recognized as a Boeing Supplier of the Year.
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