Tronair is expanding its ground support equipment (GSE) portfolio by acquiring Malabar and DAE, collectively Malabar Holding Co. Both companies will add to Tronair’s more than 1,500 GSE products for business, commercial and military aircraft, which are used by more than 350 aircraft platforms.
“The combination of Tronair’s existing brands with Malabar and DAE represents an aerospace ground support powerhouse,” says Chris Advani, president and CEO of Malabar.
Malabar, which sells products in more than 60 countries, specializes in aircraft jacks—including axle jacks for changing aircraft wheels and tires, and tripod jacks for in-hangar service of narrowbody and widebody aircraft. The company’s product line also includes a wide variety of fluid dispensers, test stands, wheel and brake equipment, Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 coolant service carts and more. Malabar acquired DAE Industries in 2014, adding the company’s aircraft maintenance equipment to its product portfolio.
While the company is not yet releasing details about how Malabar and DAE’s operations will be affected, Tronair’s president and CEO, Harley Kaplan, says the acquisition will “add products to enhance the company’s value to a broad base of global aerospace customers.”
Tronair, based in Holland, Ohio, has also expanded its reach through the opening of offices in the UK, Thailand, Australia and China. Tronair continues to open new authorized repair facilities globally.