Honeywell (HON), Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Rockwell Collins (ROK) are reportedly among the strategic bidders that have made it to the second round of the auction for Carlyle (CG) portfolio company Arinc. Carlyle hopes to fetch $1.3-1.5B for the aerospace communications firm, which has also attracted offers from P-E firms such as Blackstone (BX). Carlyle is spending more time courting the industrial companies on the theory that they'll offer more money than the P-E funds.
The National Transportation Safety Board starts a two-day hearing over the burn-out of the battery system on two Boeing (BA) 787 jets. The NTSB wants to investigate beyond what caused the incidents to the lessons that can be learned for the airplane certification process and new technologies. Boeing chief engineer Mike Sinnett says the only time they could "make a cell vent with fire was with significant overcharging."
Boeing's (BA) 787 could restart flights "in weeks, not in months," the company says after detailing a "permanent fix" for its lithium-ion battery problems that "addresses all (the) causal factors" which led to two burn-outs. Boeing will put the batteries in stainless steel cases, and add extra insulation, spacers and heat-resistant sleeving. Boeing has also asked suppliers Yuasa and Thales to improve production standards.