The two German companies, Lufthansa Technik and Pepperl+Fuchs, have founded an equally owned joint venture called 3D.aero. They say the aim of the new company is to research, develop and sell innovative automation solutions for the aviation industry. The JV will work on solutions for the digitalization of workshops. Its headquarters are at the ZAL TechCenter in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, one of the largest and modern aviation research centers in the world.
Besides industrial workshop and factory automation solutions, 3D.aero will also offer the application of optical measuring devices, digital inspection and image processing applications and related consulting services. The company will consist mainly of Pepperl+Fuchs employees and graduates of the Institute for Aircraft Production Technology at Hamburg University of Technology.