Collins Aerospace has a strong heritage in the Netherlands, where its sites
have been established for more than a century. Collins’ presence in the country
can be traced back to 1908, when the company first began operating out of
Bilthoven / Houten under the name of Inventa. By 1933, the company then known as
Koninklijke Fabriek Inventum B.V., was well established as a leader in interior
heating elements. With its reputation for fast moving engineering innovations,
the company integrated its first aerospace heating element on-board a KLM DC8
aircraft in 1956.
Since then, the site has become synonymous with the design, engineering and
support of a comprehensive selection of aircraft galley inserts for food and
beverage preparation for commercial aircraft. Customers, in-flight crew and
passengers around the world appreciate the ergonomic and innovative designs and
superior performance of the quality ovens, water heaters, beverage chillers,
espresso machines and more.
In 1982, Collins Aerospace expanded and diversified its presence in the
Netherlands, adding a dedicated maintenance, repair and overhaul service center
at Maastricht Airport. This campus is dedicated to maintenance, repair and
overhaul of flight critical components, such as composite propeller systems,
hydromechanical fuel control systems, fuel pumps, electronic fuel control
systems, air management systems and lighting products. These components are
installed on a wide range of civil and military platforms, such as twin and
single aisle jet aircraft, regional jets and turbo props as well as helicopters.
Building on the expertise of a team of well-trained technicians, Collins has
developed a strong culture of customer service excellence. Annually over 9000
components are serviced with utmost care and strong quality focus, committed to
keeping turnaround times low. Located in the heart of Europe, Collins’
Maastricht hub supports over 300 individual customers including major airlines,
regional operators, large and small maintenance and repair organizations, as
well as distributors covering North and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The latest site to join the Collins Aerospace capabilities portfolio in the
Netherlands is Almere, where since 1998 it has been producing thermoplastic
components, including landing flap rips, longerons, stiffeners, struts,
stringers, seal retainers, brackets, cleats and clips. A wide range of products
that can be found on 20 different types of commercial aircraft, ranging from
wide bodies and single-aisles, to business jet and helicopter platforms.
The acquisition of Dutch Thermoplastic Components in 2021 further enhanced
the Almere site’s thermoplastic component capabilities, with technology
extension to complex aerostructures - making aircraft lighter, safer, stronger,
more cost-efficient and sustainable.
Today, Collins Aerospace in Almere produces more than 2.000 different
thermoplastic composite parts with hundreds of parts currently in qualification.
The further expansion of thermoplastic composites on larger and more complex
aerostructures is driven by continuous innovation to materials, tooling,
processes and automation.
European Innovation Hub – Research & Development programs
Collins' commitment to innovation, research and development has led to the
establishment of a European Innovation Hub in Houten. Part of Collins' cabin
interiors business, the Advanced Technology & Laboratory focuses on early
technology development, providing an incubator to strategically collaborate with
leading universities, research centers, government organizations and customers
in country and the region.
Areas of design and manufacturing expertise and services
- Interiors; Galley
- Advanced Structures;
- Power & Controls;
Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)
- European Innovation Hub for
Interiors Advanced Technology & Laboratories
- Global Centre of Excellence
for maintenance, repair and overhaul of 14SF, 14RF and 568F composite propeller
- First F-35 Pilot Readiness
Center outside of the United States. Located in Soesterberg, the dedicated
in-region center provides the Royal Netherlands Air Force and its international
customers with the local tools and support to maintain and improve fleet and
pilot readiness, including F-35 helmet fitting and calibration.
Collins is committed to supporting and enriching the communities in which it operates, investing in youth educational programs, continuing education for our workforce and building stronger communities across The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany where our employees live and work.