The Mobile Airport Authority announced Friday that Panasonic Avionics Corp. will open an office at Mobile Aeroplex, adding another prominent industry player to the aerospace cluster growing around the Airbus final assembly plant.

Panasonic Avionics is a leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems in passenger aircraft. A unit of the global Panasonic Corp., the California-based company has more than 4,100 employees at 80 locations around the world.

Panasonic Avionics is the latest in a string of aerospace companies with global roots to establish a presence at Mobile Aeroplex, where Airbus constructed a $600 million facility to assemble A320-family passenger jets.

“The Mobile Airport Authority continues to prosecute a well-researched, thoughtful, and programmatic recruitment strategy, crafting tailored solutions with highly flexible terms to meet the dynamic needs of the global aerospace supply chain,” said Roger Wehner, the authority’s executive director.

Airbus began customer delivery of Alabama-made aircraft in April, after officially launching production at the Mobile Aeroplex facility last September.

Since last summer, the Aeroplex has seen a flurry of activity as companies announced plans to open facilities at the 1,700-acre industrial complex.

Zodiac Aerospace, a French company that specializes in aircraft cabins, announced plans to open a small location at the Aeroplex in January. Zodiac will share space in a building with Germany-based Vartan Product Support, another newcomer to the complex.

Other aerospace arrivals include Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, REEL USA, Broetje Automation, Recaro Aircraft Seating, and AAA Aerospace.

In addition, France-based Hutchison announced plans in 2015 for an aerospace manufacturing Center of Excellence at the complex, and Ireland’s MASS Aviation said it was teaming with the Mobile Airport Authority to open a $39 million paint shop operation.

According to Alabama Department of Commerce data, aerospace projects announced last year for the Mobile Aeroplex will bring a total of $56 million in new investment and more than 300 jobs.


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