“I help with forecasting, pricing, production and the importing of the products they need,” he says, “and with the technical information required to satisfy the authorities. No day is ever the same and no request too unusual. There are often many questions, especially about the environmental performance of our products.
“Our primers have been approved for use by both Boeing and Airbus for many years and have a long track record for consistency and performance. This means the OEMs only rarely need technical support as they are familiar with our products and how they are applied. With MROs it is different; they require one of us to be on site almost every time.”
As well as Airbus and Boeing, Jeffery is also responsible for COMAC, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (The Boeing Delivery Center is in fact a joint venture between Boeing and COMAC). Whereas AkzoNobel’s Aerobase basecoat/clearcoat system is approved and widely specified, the company is now seeking COMAC approval for its branded colors as well as its structural primers, topcoats, and cabin interior coatings.
To this end, COMAC’s recently announced ‘Customization Center’ will enable Jeffery to showcase both the exterior and interior products within the AkzoNobel range.