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brisk for Contour and in May 2008 it was announced that the Cwmbran operations were to be expanded as it sought to bring some component manufacturing in- house, creating fifty new jobs into the bargain. The investment was again supported by the Welsh Assembly Government with grant aid and at the time, took the total number employed at the site to nearly 900. This news came hot on the heels of its selection by Delta Air Lines to supply its Solar Suite: a fully lie- flat sleeper suite for the airline's BusinessElite cabin. There is no doubt that Contour has been of significant benefit to the Welsh community and economy; earlier this year the Cwmbran site was paid a visit by Prime Minister Gordon Brown due to its ongoing successes. At the time of Contour's expansion, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Economy and Transport, said: " Aerospace is a key sector in Wales with 180 companies which together employ more than 25,000 people. Contour has gone from strength to strength since opening its base in Cwmbran in 1999 where it has continued to develop a range of highly innovative aircraft seating for the world's leading aircraft. " It was the first big company that signed up to come to Wales after devolution. It also was determined right from the start that it would be moving its design and engineering facility here, as well as the actual manufacturing plant." - Editorial research by Jon Bradley Contour itself and as such, the company has attained quality approvals to ISO 9001: 2000 and AS9100 standards. Every airline flies different aircraft with different configurations, requiring more than one solution and offering further opportunities for Contour. This means that seats have to be re- designed and re- configured and the competitive nature of aircraft design means that every customer wants their product kept under wraps- a discipline Contour has perfected. Part of the reason for such a cloak and dagger approach is the rise in expectations of the business- class traveller. Today, that class of clientele is much more demanding, expecting greater space in which to work as well as the ability to eat, sleep and relax comfortably while flying. As the airlines have responded, each has raised the bar, with a little help from Contour and its technology. Delivering on all these fronts, within strict parameters of cost, weight and reliability, the company has established a reputation for helping airlines to maximise their yield while exceeding the expectations of the most demanding passenger. As part of that process and in order to cut time- to-market, minimise cost and reduce risk, Contour has developed Eclipse, a common engineering platform that can be customised to suit the specifications of any airline. Despite the economic downturn, business has remained September / October 09 www. bus- ex. com 69 Contour Premium Aircraft Seating