Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines have set up a joint venture for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of geared turbofan engines, with each of the partners holding a stake of 50 percent in the new company. The name of the new JV is Engine Maintenance Europe, or EME Aero for short. The contract, which followed up on an agreement on the general principles of the cooperation signed in February 2017, was finalized by the two companies on December 4.
EME Aero sp. z o.o. will be based in Poland and will have a workforce of 800 employees in the future. The two parties to the joint venture will invest a total amount of around 150 million euros by 2020. The company will be headed up by project man-ager Derrick Siebert (CEO) from Lufthansa Technik and by Dr. Uwe Zachau (COO), his counterpart at MTU Aero Engines. They plan to have the facility up and running in 2020. The planned annual capacity is more than 400 shop visits of PW1000G-series geared turbofans, which power the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft and other airliners. The two joint venture partners MTU and Lufthansa Technik have raised their forecast for the number of employees and the annual shop visits over the past few months.
“With this project we have taken the big challenge to get EME Aero up and running in a short time,” said Siebert. “For us it is a tremendous motivation to push this project of providing maintenance for an entirely new generation of commercial engines in Europe to a successful start.” Uwe Zachau added: “The launch of the company marks a key milestone for us. Over the coming two years, we’ll have to tackle an ambitious ramp-up plan for our joint shop. We are very confident that with our excellent team, made up of colleagues from both shareholders, we’ll successfully solve this challenge.”