Nord-Micro, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is an established global player in the aerospace business and a world leader in cabin pressure control systems for large commercial aircraft. Around 500 employees work at two German locations - Frankfurt am Main, Karlsfeld (near Munich) and in Puerto Rico (USA). Of these, about 80 employees work in the Research & Development department in Frankfurt, where they are particularly involved in research and development tasks. In addition, the entire production is handled and the worldwide customer service is controlled in the Rhein-Main area.
Nord-Micro's commercial product range includes systems and components for all major aircraft platforms currently in operation or under development. All Nord-Micro products are developed to the highest technical standards using advanced precision mechanical, electromechanical and electronic technologies embedded in real-time control systems.
To fulfil our customer commitments and ensure continuous improvement, we support our processes with the operating system Customer Oriented Results & Excellence.
Nord-Micro is nowadays a business unit of Collins Aerospace, based in the United States of America, and belonging to Raytheon Technologies.
Nord-Micro was founded in 1964 by the Italian aircraft supplier Microtechnica as a repair facility for the German Luftwaffe Starfighter jets. Soon the focus shifted to other business areas and for more than 30 years Nord-Micro has been working almost exclusively for civil aviation. With the German Armed Forces, the last major military customer also left in 2015.
Nord-Micro entered the market in 1988 with the digital pressure control system for the Airbus A320 and now supplies the well-known passenger and cargo aircraft series of the major manufacturers Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, etc. Perfectly attuned to the needs of the major airlines, today more than 8 out of 10 large commercial aircraft worldwide are equipped with a cabin pressure system from Frankfurt.
- Maiden flight of the Airbus A321 XLR with the latest Electric Heating System developed by Nord-Micro.
- Delivery of the last systems and equipment for the Airbus A380 .
- Nord-Micro delivers the first serial units of the Airbus A350 Electric Heating System - a new section in the field of ventilation systems.
- The first completely self-developed fan with sensor-less BLDC motor technology is delivered to the MA700 programme.
- The new logistics centre is finally approved and in-service. This lays the foundation for implementation of the highly automated "Autostore" storage system.
- March COVID-19 pandemic
- Completion of Airbus Beluga XL CPCS development certification.
- The expansion of the repair area is completed.
- The new mechanical production according to the single-piece-flow concept is put into operation.
- Collins Aerospace combines the complementary capabilities of Rockwell Collins and UTC Aerospace Systems. A world leader in intelligent solutions in design, manufacturing and services for global aerospace and defense customers.
- The ACJ320 neo is certified with a modified cabin pressure control system from Nord-Micro.
- The 777X fit-for-use program is successfully completed with participation in the area of ventilation and fans.
- Nord-Micro is honoured by the Hessian state government and the Association of Hessian Industry as "Hessen Champion" in the category of world market leader.
- Nord-Micro is expanding its capacity in the fan business by adding more part numbers and building up its fan repair business.
- Early in the year, the Airbus A350 XWB enters service in Frankfurt, the home of Nord-Micro.
- Hamilton's fan business in San Diego is transferred to Nord-Micro.
- In its fiftieth year, Nord-Micro completes a new office building that meets the highest UTC "LEED Green Building" standard.
- AVIC selects Nord-Micro as the manufacturer for the MA700 cabin pressure control system.
- A year of first flights: The Boeing 787-9, the Airbus A350 take off for their first flights, with systems from Nord-Micro on board. With 380 employees, the 100 MEuro sales mark is exceeded for the first time.
- The merger of Hamilton Sundstrand with Goodrich creates UTAS (United Technologies Aerospace Systems), one of the most powerful associations of companies in the global aerospace equipment industry. As of spring 2012, Nord-Micro cabin pressure control systems have been in service for 25 years and have logged a total of 250,000,000 flight hours.
- In September 2011, Nord-Micro celebrates the entry into service of the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" with the global aviation industry community. The impressive system integration test and simulation facility for ventilation systems is completed at Nord-Micro in Karlsfeld, Germany.
- With the delivery of MSN 4389, an Airbus A319, to Brazilian airline TAM on July 28, Nord-Micro's 10,000 cabin pressure control system enters service. The Airbus A320-200 freighter, with a special version of the Ventilation Controller, receives regulatory approval.
- The Nord-Micro cabin pressure control system for the Boeing 787 contributed to the successful first flight in December 2009. Since then, a fault-free flight test campaign has been recorded. Boeing presents Nord-Micro with the "Supplier Performance Excellence Award".
- Nord-Micro becomes part of the package that wins Hamilton Sundstrand on the MHI Regional Jet, taking responsibility for the cabin pressure control system.
- With the delivery of the A320 family MSN 3000 to AirAsia in January 2007, 3,000 Nord-Micro's Airbus Single Aisle Cabin Pressure Control Systems now exceed 1,600 Cargo Ventilation & Heating Systems in service worldwide. Honeywell selects Nord-Micro as subcontractor for the A350XWB ventilation system and humidification/dehumidification subsystems.
- The Airbus A380 systems for cabin pressure control, ventilation control and avionics ventilation are accepted by the regulatory authorities. The first cabin pressure control system for the new Boeing 787 is delivered. The 2000th B737NG with Nord-Micro's digital cabin pressure control system enters service for SouthWest Airlines on July 26.
- The Embraer 190 is the third aircraft variant from the new Regional Jet family to be certified, with only the 195 still outstanding. Hardware deliveries for A380 systems are progressing, while Nord-Micro receives the contract for the A380F freighter variant.
- Nord-Micro is selected to develop the cabin pressure control system and air valves for the Boeing 787. Qualification of A380 systems for cabin pressure control, ventilation control and avionics ventilation begins. With the delivery of the Ryanair 737-800 EI-DCV, we have the 2000th digital cabin pressure control system on board a 737.
- The newly developed cabin pressure control system for the Embraer 170 Regional Jet receives its certification. The world's most advanced air data system integrated into the airplane skin, a joint development with EADS in the VECTOR program, is successfully tested on the X31 experimental combat aircraft.
- Nord-Micro is selected as Airbus' partner for the further design, development, production and support of the cabin pressure control system and the complete ventilation system for the A380. First flights with Nord-Micro systems for A318, A340-500 and Embraer 170 take place.
- The company is recognized as a "Hidden Champion" by the Hessian state government and the Hessian Employers' Association.
- The development of valves for the air-conditioning system of the Embraer 170/175/190/195 begins. Airbus awards Nord-Micro with the optional drying system for long-range aircraft. Nord-Micro is selected by the German Ministry of Defense for the pilot project for innovative Tornado procurement. Nord-Micro receives an order from Boeing for a ventilation valve for the B737-900. From Eurocopter, Nord-Micro is awarded the automatic flight control system for the TIGER helicopter.
- Launch of new aeronautics research programs by the European Union and the federal government. Nord-Micro receives research contracts with cost sharing for future technologies of cabin pressure control, underfloor ventilation and boundary layer suction. Pre-production work begins on Nord-Micro's contributions to the automatic flight control system for the TIGER, the secondary flight control system for the Eurofighter and the actuation system for the guide vanes and thrust nozzles of the Eurofighter's EJ-200 engine.
- Development of cabin pressure control systems for the A340-500/600 and A318 and of a valve for the A340-500/600 begins. A maintenance contract for cabin pressure control systems in China is signed with the Chinese company Aircraft and Maintenance Engineering (AMECO). Embraer selects Nord-Micro's cabin pressure control system for the new Embraer 170/175/190/195 regional aircraft family. In November, Nord-Micro acquires Telair International Electronic Systems in Karlsfeld (near Munich) from Telair International Services.
- Nord-Micro receives DIN ISO 14001 certification. Sumitomo Precision Products commissions the development of a special cabin pressure control system for the Japanese US-1A Mod sea rescue aircraft. Airbus places an order for the development of the Ventilation Controller for the A340-500/600, which will be used in all A330/340 versions in the future. Nord-Micro and Claverham Ltd. (UK) establish OTIV, a joint company for integrated logistics services for military combat aircraft. The company is based in Kirchheim near Munich.
- Nord-Micro wins the retrofit contract for cabin pressure control on Air Canada's DC-9 fleet and the US Air Force's C-9 VIP aircraft.
- Nord-Micro receives ISO 9001 certification. The contract for Primary Flight Control Actuators maintenance is awarded to Nord-Micro by the German Air Force.
- Nord-Micro receives an order to develop and supply a modern cabin pressure control system for Northwest Airlines' DC-9 fleet. Boeing orders the development and supply of valves for the B737 and B777. JAR-145 certification is granted. The German government's four-year aeronautical research program begins; Nord-Micro is awarded research contracts co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics for future technologies of pressure sensors, cabin pressure control and integrated modular avionics.
- Nord-Micro receives FAR-145 approval. Development of an experimental boundary layer suction system for the vertical stabilizer of an Airbus A320 is started./li>
- Nord-Micro is contracted by Saab to develop the cabin pressure control system for the Saab 340 AEW. The Commission of the European Union awards the first of a series of cost-shared research contracts for hybrid-laminar boundary layer technologies.
- Nord-Micro receives an order from Boeing to develop a cabin pressure control system for the 737 Classic and 737 New Generation aircraft family.
- Nord-Micro signs a contract with LET for the supply of cabin pressure control systems for the LET 610G turboprop regional aircraft.
- Nord-Micro receives the development and production order for the cabin pressure control system of the Saab 2000.
- Nord-Micro is contracted to develop the air inlet pressure transducer and the air value computer for the Eurofighter. Nord-Micro is also involved in the secondary flight control system and the actuation system for the guide vanes and thrust nozzles of the Eurofighter's EJ200 engine. Nord-Micro is selected to develop the automatic flight control system for the PAH-2/ Tiger. An expansion of the cabin pressure control product area takes place with the contract awarded by Lockheed for the development of the cabin pressure control system for the P-7A aircraft.
- Nord-Micro receives the order to develop the fully automatic cabin pressure control system for the Airbus A330 and A340. In addition, Nord-Micro will supply numerous valves for these aircraft.
- Nord-Micro begins research into key components for life support systems for the future European space programs HERMES, COLUMBUS and for the space suits of European astronauts.
- Nord-Micro is expanding its flight control work to include helicopter applications.
- A major expansion of the Nord-Micro product range with the start of development of the cabin pressure control system and various valves for the Airbus A320.
- At Nord-Micro, repair work begins on the afterburner fuel controller and secondary flight control system of the MRCA Tornado for the German Air Force. Nord-Micro is commissioned by the German Ministry of Defense and MBB to develop a digital, quadruplex fly-by-wire flight control system.
- Nord-Micro is developing the AMX precooler and is involved in the development of the air data computer for this Italian-Brazilian aircraft. Nord-Micro's combined air data computer/air data converter is selected for Saab's Swedish JAS 39 Gripen multi-role fighter.
- Nord-Micro receives certification for the Airbus A310 with the first European air data computer in accordance with the ARINC 706 standard.
- Begins development and production of the digital air data computer and various valves of the Airbus A310 air conditioning system.
- Nord-Micro is contracted to design and manufacture an electronics cooling unit for Bréguet & Atlantic.
- The development of high-precision pressure generators is started.
- Nord-Micro begins developing and manufacturing the avionics cooling system for the European Spacelab space laboratory.
- the qualification and series preparation for the MRCA Tornado air intake regulator take place.
- Nord-Micro is one of the first German companies to receive recognition of the quality assurance system according to AQAP-1 from the BWB. The development and production of awater separator and heat exchanger for the air conditioning system of the Alpha Jet begin.
- Nord-Micro wins the call for tender for development and production of a digital computer for the air intake control system of the MRCA Tornado.
- The overhaul program is extended with the overhaul of the air data computer of the Phantom F-4 of the German Air Force.
- begins licensed production of more than 900 afterburner fuel regulators for the J-79 engine.
- the overhaul and repair of the pneumatic starter for the Starfighter's J-79 engine is added to the overhaul program.