Champion GSE to Partner With UAE’s Excel Aviation

Agreement expands Champion GSE’s reach to Middle Eastern customers

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio, May 1, 2014 — Champion GSE, an industry-leading producer of Stronghold engine stands, containers and affiliated ground support equipment — including the first-ever, dual-purpose engine stand for GEnx -1B and -2B engines — announced the company has signed a distribution agreement with Excel Aviation, a specialist manufacturer headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. Excel Aviation will serve as Champion GSE’s exclusive regional representative and provide training, sales and after-sales support for Champion GSE’s Middle Eastern customers.

“Expanding our local support for airlines and maintenance, repair and operations networks in the Middle East is one of our strategic initiatives,” said Todd DeVore, vice president and general manager of Champion GSE. “We hope to announce more alliances like this one that help us better serve our customers and realize our goal of becoming the global leader in ground support equipment.”

Excel’s Aviation division is a globally recognized manufacturer of aircraft access systems and ground support equipment. For more than 15 years, Excel Aviation has been servicing MROs, airlines and airport facilities in the Middle East, Africa and Europe with reliable, safe and feature-rich products. Excel Aviation aircraft access systems are high-quality, custom-built and cost-effective solutions, designed and manufactured in accordance to customer-specific line, heavy base maintenance and facilities requirements. In a position to leverage in-house design, engineering, program management and aviation expertise, Excel Aviation has designed and commissioned multi-type aircraft access systems for both wide and narrow body aircrafts, in both nose-in and tail-in configurations. Furthermore, Excel Aviation manufactures a wide range of ground support equipment such as: LD3 container dollies; pallet dollies; scissor lifts; access platforms in both aluminum and steel; aircraft painting platforms; baggage carts; nitrogen cylinder trolleys; aircraft refuellers; and steps/ladders. 

“Over time, Champion GSE and Excel Aviation will expand our repair and refurbishment program for Stronghold engine stands and containers available in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan,” DeVore said.

Champion GSE and Excel Aviation will present their first joint exhibit May 11–13 during The Airport Show in Dubai. DeVore will speak at the event on May 11 and discuss recent advances in ground support equipment for engine transportation.

Champion GSE, an independent, privately owned company headquartered in Springfield, Ohio, is a global leader in the design, development, testing and manufacturing of Stronghold shipping and storage containers, and ground support equipment for aviation, military, power generation and space programs. A major supplier for military and commercial fabrication applications, Champion GSE’s manufacturing capability and experience covers all metal working requirements for steel, aluminum, stainless and other materials. Learn more about Champion GSE and Stronghold products at  

Excel Group is a privately owned multi-disciplinary engineering and manufacturing company with its headquarters in Ajman, UAE. Since its inception in 1981, Excel has a well-earned reputation for being committed to designing and manufacturing cost-effective and high-quality offerings supporting diverse clients in civil construction, oil and gas, aviation and waste management. As a VQMI accredited ISO 9001:200 and ASME manufacturing enterprise, with four manufacturing facilities in the UAE totaling more than 700,000 square feet, a work force of 900+ skilled labor, and multi-million dollar investments in the latest CNC material processing, robotic welding, fabrication and surface preparation machinery, Excel has successfully delivered several high-profile turnkey projects for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. 

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