5 December, 2017: Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines has launched a joint venture for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of geared turbofan engines, with each of the companies holding a stake of 50 percent in the new company. The name of the new joint venture is Engine Maintenance Europe, or EME Aero.
EME Aero sp. z o.o. will be based in Poland and will have a workforce of 800 employees in the future. The company will be headed up by project manager Derrick Siebert (CEO) from Lufthansa Technik and by Uwe Zachau (COO), his counterpart at MTU Aero Engines. The facility is slated to be up and running in 2020. The planned annual capacity is over 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.
Derrick Siebert comments, "With this project we have taken the big challenge to get EME Aero up and running in a short time. Without our combined project team, unifying the strengths of both stakeholders, it would not have been possible to achieve this milestone on schedule. 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 adds: "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."