Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, said that it has achieved an all time high in sales for 2007, surpassing even its record for 2006. It said that it had also strengthened its worldwide industrial footprint by setting up additional subsidiaries in key markets.
For 2007, Eurocopter once again secured its position as the world's top manufacturer of helicopters with a total of 488 deliveries for new military and civil helicopters. The company has reported a consolidated turnover exceeding 4 billion euros.
Order backlogs by the end of December 2007 stood at 802 new aircraft, a new record high, exceeding 13 billion euros in value.
A company statement said that 56 per cent of the company's turnover in 2007 was related to serial helicopters (equalling 2.34 billion Euros), 33 per cent (1.39 billion Euros) came from customer services, whereas 11 per cent (0.44 billion Euros) were realized by means of development and other activities.
While 51 per cent of the turnover derived from civil and para-public sales, 49 per cent was related to Eurocopter's military products.
The export share is 68 per cent, proving Eurocopter's successful strategy of expanding its activities to emerging markets.
Regarding the 2007 bookings, military and civil products count respectively for 56 and 44 % per cent.
Bookings related to product range
2007 orders were placed for production helicopters as follows:
- 73 units of EC120 Colibri
- 325 units of the AS350/355 Ecureuil/Fennec/EC130 family
- 134 units of EC135s
- 88 units BK117/EC145 family
- 47 units of the Dauphin/Panther/EC155 family
- 22 units of the Super Puma/CougarEC225/EC725 family
- 95 NH90
- 18 Tiger.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services.
In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's no 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52% per cent market share in the civil and para-public sectors.
Overall, the Group's products account for 30% percent of the total world helicopter fleet.