Since the ELT is already reporting the financial results and discussing performance during monthly town hall meetings, the newsletters will focus on news and overviews, about our individual team members, and Golden Argosy entities and JVs, in order to generate a greater connection amongst our global team members who might not get the chance to meet face to face, especially during COVID. We will publish three issues during the calendar year (January, May and September) and we will ask everyone to contribute content. This will help ensure that you are receiving news on the topics you want to learn about.
2021 was a logistical nightmare with our suppliers facing raw material shortages and our continuous struggle to book logistics services. Inflation hit Argosy hard as we experienced significant raw material and logistics price increases. Adding to our troubles was/is the continued global fight against Covid-19.
We are very grateful for the amazing support Argosy received from our team members and their families, from our material suppliers, our logistic partners, our service partners, and our customers. Argosy’s whole ecosystem deserves to be acknowledged and thanked.
2021, as challenging as it was, also had many exciting and positive developments that we would like to celebrate. First and foremost, Argosy was profitable and had strong performance across all our business sectors:
Collaborate with partners around the world to provide products and services that solve challenging problems and enable businesses to succeed globally.
To be a top tier global provider of honeycomb core, and associated products, to provide materials, products, and services that solve challenging technical and business problems by utilizing our unique competencies in collaboration with our partners.
Lastly, please contact Ryan, Vinnie, Paul or Laurie with your ideas, suggestions, needs, process improvements etc.
– Paul, Ryan, and Vinnie (ELT)
ACAM started operations in Huntsville, AL in 2016 and processes orders for customers in the USA and Canada.
Stock orders for the Honeycomb core are placed with AXAC and then shipped to the ACAM warehouse in Huntsville.
If material is not available in the Huntsville warehouse, ACAM will place orders with AXAC to be shipped direct to the customer.
Material processing includes:
ACAM also provides VMI services.
After 6 years of continued growth, ACAM moved the operations to a newly built 20,000 SF facility in July 2021.
This facility offers more space for additional equipment, allows for a much better work flow, and provides optimal warehouse space for material storage.
In the past two years, we encountered many changes and challenges in the world, society and at ASAM.
In 2021 ASAM won LTA business with CSN/ Junyao and part of RMB business from XAC etc. and won the award for Akzo’s best performing distributor in Asia Pacific Region.
ASAM was recognized as and awarded Akzo’s best performing distributor in the Asia Pacific Region.
The beginning of 2022, ASAM initiated the “Aerovac/ rebuilt strategy for OEM market.”
The team will continue to meet lots of internal and external challenges. We will strive to win, provide professional solutions, and demonstrate core value to our customers. Our ASAM motto is “Work together and win together!”
Argosy XAC Composite Materials Ltd. was founded in 2004 as a 50-50 joint venture by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Xian Aircraft Industry Ltd (AVIC- XAC) and Argosy International Inc. AXAC is a limited liability company that professionally researches, develops and manufactures Aerospace Grade Aluminum Honeycomb Core, Commercial Grade Aluminum Honeycomb Core, Crash Test Barriers, Energy Absorbers, Peelable Shims, EMI Honeycomb Core. AXAC is now a global leader in honeycomb core products with internationally recognized high-quality product performance.
AXAC is increasing its global and domestic market shares in the fields of honeycomb core, crash test barriers and peelable shims.
The scale of assets increases steadily with the construction of new assembly lines, the implementation of a new ERP system.
The major projects are in progress:
Integrated ERP system: Currently five phases have been completed, project initiation, demand investigation and research, planning design, system construction and full-procedure UAT testing, and the remaining online system sections will be finished 1QY2022.
Increase of barrier manufacturing capacity with the expansion of the assembly area and the additional of new milling equipment. The equipment installation and debugging will be finished 1QY2022.
The titanium-alloy gasket Peelable shim has been completed the R&D process and successful enter serial production.
Aluminum plate kitting business continues to grow.
A new price model has been finalized with the form of “material + workmanship + expense + profit.”
The city of Xi’an experienced a “lockdown” due to the pandemic situation at year-end. However, during the lockdown, AXAC staff kept actively working (with local government authorization) with enthusiasm. The ERP implementation project continued with remote work, a large number of tests were performed, general problems and details were processed for the sufficient preparation of operations. Fifteen workshop operators lived at the factory to ensure continued production and shipments to customers, the management team coordinated the logistics for raw materials and ensure sufficient supplies for on-site personal during the lockdown period.
AXAC Team is working hard under the leadership of Mr. Zhao Longjiang, GM, and looking forward to a brighter future!
“Family Picture” – AXAC Crash Test Barriers Series
First AXAC export shipment allowed during the lock-down on January 18. 2022.
As ACAM’s Customer Service Manager, Jody does more than order entry and keeps customers happy! While providing administrative support to the ACAM Sales Team, she coordinates the production schedule and day to day operations at the ACAM office in Huntsville, AL. In addition, she is the artwork coordinator for Argosy International printed aluminum cans.
With more than 30 years of customer service and management experience, she still enjoys learning new things every day and continues to learn as much as she can about Argosy, their products and processes, so she can work efficiently and communicate effectively with existing and potential customers.
Throughout her career, Jody has worked with organizations across a wide range of industries – from civil engineering and retail to manufacturing of marine products, recreational boats and outdoor apparel, specializing in service to OEM’s, Distributors, and Retailers.
Jody resides in Huntsville, AL. Married 27 years to her husband, Steve, they have two sons and one granddaughter. When Jody’s not working, you can find her watching her granddaughter play volleyball or compete in baton twirling competitions.
David has more than 20 years’ experience in many aspects of import/export logistics from being hands on to managing a whole team. He is versed in import and export, bonded logistics, customs clearance, inventory control and trade compliance. In addition, he emphasizes the importance of team collaboration and enhances the team performance.
David uses experiences for leading and assisting the logistics function, and supporting the ASAM management team by looking for ways to continuously improve processes at ASAM.
In David’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading and working out in the gym.
Jacky is responsible for delivering sales results at assigned customers, performing the functions that drive effective customer management through accurately processing quotations, sales orders and purchase orders; as well as maintaining and enhancing customer- supplier relationships.
He is the youngest employee at ASAM and we welcome his youthful energy.
Jacky plays badminton very well and has won many awards and prizes.
Andy’s main responsibilities include the preparation of all financial statements and reporting, execution and submission of month-end closing, coordination and follow-up of external audits, supervision of all Capex and Opex activities, hands-on management of costing and inventory control activities, evaluation and improvement of all accounting policies and procedures.
Soccer and reading are his favorites.
Tom has over nineteen years of experience in business and a strong background in Sales, Marketing, Customer Service and Contracts in the aerospace industry, including Airlines, MRO and OEM.
Tom is responsible for new business development, market intelligence and forecasting at assigned customers/ regions for the existing and new customers, performing functions that drive sales and margin growth.
He is good at singing, sports and reading.
Amy joined Argosy in April 2005 and oversees the Quality Department. She is responsible for maintaining the Quality System, Export Compliance, coordinating resolution of quality and technical-related issues, and monitoring and assisting ACAM and ASAM. Amy has twin daughters named Stella and Olivia.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Edie joined Argosy in June 2012 and is responsible for the Accounts Receivable and Payables, processing payments on a weekly basis and whenever a COD payment is required and once or twice out of the week she focuses on collections and follows up with customers who have past due balances, with the help of a few of colleagues from ASAM, ATAM, ACAM & AI. She also processes payroll for the US team, biweekly and assists anyone within the company who is in need of her help.
She is a mother of a 12-year-old boy named Aidan who is literally her whole world.
She loves fashion and shopping but most of all she loves to travel with Aidan.
Lillian joined the Argosy family in 2006, over the years have taken positions of increasing responsibility. Currently, she is Project Manager and Legal Administrator at ASAM. As Project Manager, she is responsible for the ACC aramid core project, supporting material qualifications, PO processing, ACC equipment & factory expansion etc. As Legal Administrator, she manages legal compliance in the China region and provides contract support for other Argosy subsidiaries.
Her hobbies include reading, photography and travel. She resides with her family in Shanghai.
Daniel’s ride from Singapore to Thailand (Phuket Bridge)
Based in Singapore, Daniel has been working at Argosy for 7 years.
Daniel is responsible for leading the commercial team to drive key account margin growth through planning and directing the business development strategy in the South East Asia, Taiwan and India. His position is also responsible for the business analysis and coordination of Argosy value-added initiatives in the region such as consignment, vendor managed inventory and composite manufacturing services. Product & Solutions portfolio covers Argosy Honeycomb, Akzo Nobel, AF&F, Plataine, Consumables and Hydrowrap.
Prior to joining Argosy, Daniel served key market segments in Aerospace, Automotive, Metal and Cans, Oil and Gas in distinguished companies, such as 3M, Henkel, ITW & PolyOne.
Interest: Spending time with family & watching Formula 1 races.
Hobbies: Running, cycling, swimming, and riding motorcycles.