Adient, a Detroit-based automotive seating and interiors supplier, today announced its collaboration with Chicago-based aircraft manufacturing company Boeing to explore innovative comfort, efficiency, and functional improvements to commercial aircraft seating and interiors.
Boeing is providing insight into the commercial aviation industry and its technical specifications, as well as an understanding of Federal Aviation Administration certification requirements. Adient will contribute expertise in design, comfort, craftsmanship, and supply chain management.
“Adient is committed to our strategy of leveraging our strong global expertise and leadership in automotive seating and interiors to deliver customer value and competitive advantages in adjacent mobility markets,” says Bruce McDonald, chairman and CEO of Adient. “Through discussions with Boeing, we believe there’s an opportunity for Adient to raise the bar on the aviation passenger experience, building on our leadership in the automobile seat market.”
The aircraft interiors market is estimated to reach $21.7 billion by 2025, based on a projected compounded annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2025, according to Counterpoint Market Research.
“Boeing is building commercial airplanes at record rates to deliver on an order backlog of more than $400 billion,” says Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We continually explore opportunities to offer more value to our customers and believe they would benefit from a wider range of options and more reliable, on-time performance in the airplane interiors and seating category.”
Adient, which was spun off from Johnson Controls, has 75,000 employees operating in 230 manufacturing and assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, producing and delivering automotive seating for all vehicle classes.