Pitch Aircraft Seating Systems has set up a manufacturing facility in the UK to support the production of their new PF3000 economy seat. In 2016 Pitch commissioned a bespoke facility in the Midlands and started hiring a specialist team to cater for high volume aircraft seat production. This growth was made possible by significant investment from the shareholders and support from Finance Birmingham as part of the AMSCI funding programme, which is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Gary Doy, Pitch Director, says “The demand for aircraft economy seats is extremely buoyant and this investment has given Pitch the opportunity to deliver innovative products to a global market. We have some world class design, engineering and manufacturing talent in the UK and I believe we can really excel in the Aerospace Industry.”
Diane Watt from Finance Birmingham says “It is great to see a local UK manufacturer develop its global business and create further job opportunities in the Midlands. We can see there is a great opportunity for growth in the Aerospace Sector and feel proud that we have been able to make a difference”.
Pitch contracted a select group of specialists who shared its vision to deliver well designed high quality product, the majority of whom are UK based with a proven track record in the design and production of aircraft seat components. Pitch worked closely with its supply partners to understand their capabilities and manufacturing processes. Gary Doy says "design at all levels plays a key role in the overall quality and success of the product. You have to invest time and work closely with your supply partners to enjoy the benefits of efficient manufacture". The Pitch production team are focused on lean manufacturing techniques and build solutions to reduce the assembly time and the handling of components. The facility will be fully operational in the second quarter of 2017.