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French company to acquire aviation supplier Sonaca NMF Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.

France-based Figeac Aero has entered into an agreement to purchase Sonaca NMF Wichita in northeast Wichita.

The Wichita facility, 9313 E. 39th St. North, performs the forming and protecting of machined aluminum wing skins, spars, frames and extrusions.

It also performs peen forming, liquid penetrant inspection, saturation shot peening, peen straightening, anodizing, chemical conversion coating and aerospace paint coating applications.

The deal is expected to close April 30, said Van McMullen, general manager of Sonaca NMF Wichita.

Figeac Aero is in Figeac, France, and does subassembly, structural parts, engine parts and precision parts for the aviation industry. It is listed on the French stock exchange.

Figeac’s acquisition of the Wichita facility is in keeping with its strategy to expand globally and to operate manufacturing sites that are close to customers.

Montreal-based aircraft supplier NMF Global opened the Wichita facility in 2001.

It came to Wichita because it needed to expand and because more planes are built in Wichita than anyplace else, its general manager said at the time.

The facility became part of the Belgium-based Sonaca Group in November 2003.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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