Kopter es­tab­lishes US sub­sidiary

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Switzer­land’s Kopter Group AG has formed a fully-owned US sub­sidiary, Kopter North Amer­ica LLC. “It is a key first step for Kopter in de­vel­op­ing its pres­ence in the US, which rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket for the com­pany, says Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer An­dreas Löwen­stein. “The US is clearly a prime mar­ket for our SH09 helicopter, which of­fers the high­est stan­dards of safety, per­for­mance and com­fort, cou­pled with low op­er­at­ing costs. We al­ready have firm com­mit­ments from key Amer­i­can cus­tomers, as they see it as the per­fect tool for a va­ri­ety of missions, in­clud­ing EMS, law en­force­ment, pas­sen­ger trans­port and util­ity. It is es­sen­tial for us to serve them as close as pos­si­ble to where they will op­er­ate it.

“The next step for Kopter is to es­tab­lish an in­dus­trial pres­ence in the US. Dis­cus­sions are cur­rently tak­ing place with po­ten­tial in­dus­trial part­ners and lo­cal author­i­ties in dif­fer­ent suit­able lo­ca­tions. Strate­gic al­liances will al­low Kopter to ac­cel­er­ate the set-up and de­vel­op­ment of the com­pany on this con­ti­nent. In the midterm, the com­pany ex­pects to pro­duce and as­sem­ble air­craft di­rectly in the US.”

Kopter wants to man­u­fac­ture in the USA

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