The Cavotec global engineering group has won a major order for advanced ground support equipment at Memphis International Airport in the United States, as well as a breakthrough order for electrical converter systems at Hyderabad Airport in India.

Cavotec is to supply fuel hydrant pits, vault access covers and valve isolation chambers for aircraft stands at Memphis Airport. The project is divided into five separate phases and Cavotec will deliver its element of the order throughout the year.

"We’re delighted to have delivered the winning proposal for the Memphis project. We look forward to continue working with our valued partners on these and other projects going forward," said President of Cavotec Dabico US Inc. Gary Matthews.

Meanwhile in India, at Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport, Cavotec is involved in a project to expand the airport’s cargo apron and the modernisation of four remote cargo aircraft stands. The Group will deliver, install and commission 180kVA 400Hz electrical power converters, 400Hz hatch pits from Cavotec Fladung and supply 50Hz and 400 Hz cables. This is the first time that Cavotec will supply aircraft electrical converter systems to the Indian market.

Both the projects at Hyderabad Airport are scheduled for commissioning in October this year. This is the latest phase of the airport’s extensive modernisation programme that will see another 12 positions delivered in 2013.

"This is our first order in India not only for Cavotec INET converter systems, but also for Cavotec Fladung pit units. We anticipate further opportunities for similar orders as this sector resumes an upswing in activity," said managing director of Cavotec India Nicklas Pihl.

The most recent figures published by Hyderabad International show that the airport handled around 76 million passengers between April 2010 and March 2011, making it India’s sixth busiest airport.

These orders follow several recent projects for Cavotec at airports in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Cavotec ground support equipment has already served airports in India for a number of years. For example, Cavotec fuel hydrant pit systems are installed at Mumbai’s Chhantrapati Shivaji International Airport, and the Group is due to install additional units of this type at the airport.

Cavotec’s airports offering was significantly strengthened by last year’s acquisition of US ground support equipment manufacturer, INET. In addition to Cavotec INET, the group’s airports market unit includes Cavotec Fladung, Cavotec Meyerinck and Cavotec Dabico. Between them, these companies have pioneered several GSE technologies that are now in use at commercial and other applications all around the world.