Sept 28, 2017: XEOS, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation launched the investment and laid the foundation stone for XEOS aircraft engine service and overhaul centre in Sroda Slaska.
The guests of honour included Carsten Spohr - CEO at Lufthansa AG, Johannes Bussmann – CEO at Lufthansa Technik AG, David Joyce – vice chair of GE and the president and CEO for GE Aviation, Jean Lydon-Rodgers – president and CEO of GE Aviation Services, as well as Tadeusz Koscinski – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development and Rolf Nikel – ambassador of Germany in Poland.
The symbolic time capsule contains among others the original plate to the etching representing an aircraft engine against the backdrop of XEOS centre, authored by a Wroclavian artist Marta Lech, a letter from XEOS team to future generations of employees and business partners of the centre, an outline of a GEnx-2B engine (to be serviced in the plant in the future) cut in glass, as well as a model of Boeing 747-8, where such engines are installed.
Thomas Böttger, XEOS managing director of Business, said, “Today's celebration marks a symbolic launch of our project. At the Paris Airshow in June 2015, two global aviation industry leaders - Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation - decided to create a world-leading aircraft engine service and overhaul center for GEnx-2B and GE9X engines. Today we fulfill this dream and we take pride in this challenge. XEOS means modern technologies, world-class solutions as well as highest standards of quality and safety. We create the history of the aerospace industry and knowledge-based modern economy, whose main pillar is aviation. We write this story together with our team, which will ultimately include 600 high-end professionals equipped with truly unique skills.”
Stefan Schmuck, XEOS managing director of Operations, commented, “With great joy, accompanied by our friends, business partners, Polish authorities, neighbours and media, today we are starting a long, at least 40-year long journey. Since December 2016, Poland and Lower Silesia, and especially Sroda Slaska, have been our home. Here, we want to build strong relationships with the local community, whilst the foundation stone laid today is not only the foundation of our center, but also the foundation of these relationships. Into the time capsule we have put a letter for future generations, which contains a manifesto of our values and plans. We trust that people who will read this letter in 40 or maybe more years will be proud to say that our message is still up to date and that our goals have been met.”
Tadeusz Koscinski, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development, remarked, “The XEOS investment in Sroda Slaska is an outcome of the government's consistent efforts to reduce economic disparities between regions. Choosing Poland to situate the latest aircraft engine service and overhaul centre is no coincidence. The well-developed infrastructure has definitely been very important, but even more are the skilled people and a stable economic situation. We are gradually becoming a European leader in acquiring greenfield investments in the area of state-of-the-art technologies.”
The plant is anticipated primarily to service GEnx-2B engines, and in subsequent years also GE9X. At present, 18 air operators worldwide have nearly 500 GEnx-2B engines in commercial use. The engines have totalled 5 million flight hours and obtained outstanding operational results.
GE9X engines, to be serviced in the plant from 2021, are the most sophisticated aircraft engines in their class. Although the formal certification process for these engines has yet to close in 2018, over 700 units have already been ordered by operators globally. GE9X engines continue to develop aircraft technology to higher efficiency in tandem with lower fuel consumption, meaning lower gas emission.
The Centre already employs 86 people, whilst this number is to increase to 100 by the end of this year. In spring 2019 when the plant is to be fully operational, there will be about 140 people working there. Ultimately, XEOS aims to create 600 new work places.
XEOS is investing 60.00 million PLN in staff training, and these funds will have been allocated to operate the Specialised Training Centre in Wroc?aw and multi-month trainings for employees.