Michelin recently announced plans to create a strategic collaboration agreement with Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. The agreement will align Aviall's global distribution footprint with Michelin's aircraft tire business.

The initiative should result in better logistics and supply-chain models, which will improve service to field-base operators (FBOs) and fleet operators around the world.

"We have always been a partner with Aviall, but this strategic initiative will allow us to improve our efficiencies in getting our tires to the market and growing our business," said Frank Moreau, president of Michelin Aircraft Tire.

Headquartered in Dallas, Aviall is the world's largest provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services. It also provides maintenance for aviation batteries, wheels and brakes, as well as hose assembly, kitting and paint-mixing services. The company markets and distributes products for more than 240 manufacturers, and offers approximately 2 million items from 40 customer-service centers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

"This strategic collaboration will aid our efforts of expanding our market reach through key alliances," said Eric Strafel, Aviall president and CEO. "We are very pleased to continue and grow our long-standing relationship with Michelin to better serve our customers."

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