A Manufacturer Hosts the President

By January 30, 2008Trade

Congratulations to Robinson Helicopter in Torrance, California, which has been playing host this afternoon to President Bush, who has been speaking about the importance of trade and exports.

Excellent backdrop for the message.

Torrance, CA—In 2007 Robinson Helicopter Company manufactured 823 new helicopters, the most civil helicopters ever produced in a single year by one company. The industry record was 806 previously set by Robinson in 2005.

Robinson also broke the record for production of a single helicopter model in one year, producing 664 R44s. The prior record, also set by Robinson, was 563 R44s in 2005. While the R44 breaks records, the R22 maintains its market niche finishing the year with 159 helicopters produced.

Robinson expects strong sales to continue in 2008. To meet the growing demand, Robinson is focusing on increasing its production rate, which already averages 18 new aircraft per week.

Last year, Robinson sold its 8,000 helicopter. The buyer? A New Zealander. Robinson helicopters are even showing up in such places as Kazakhstan. Exports creating jobs …

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