October 3, 2017: A grand ceremony took place in the presence of Hesse's Minister for Finance, Thomas Schäfer, to mark the launch of the new wheels and brakes workshop by Lufthansa Technik AG at the Frankfurt East Harbor location. A total of around 60 million euros was invested in the industrial facility with its some 200 workplaces at present.
An ultra-modern industrial facility with a gross floor area of 14,500 Sq m was built on the 35,000 Sq m plot. The new site enables cost-effective supply of wheels and brakes for flight operations for Lufthansa and numerous other European customers. And while business with low-cost carriers is already strong, this new site opens up opportunities for even further expansion in the area.
Some 27,000 wheels and 5,000 brakes were repaired in the old workshop on the airport site in 2016 – way more than the original maximum capacity of the facility, which was designed originally for 15,000 wheels and 2,500 brakes annually. The new production now permits growth to 32,000 or 6,000 units per year.
"I am delighted with this remarkable commitment by Lufthansa Technik to the Frankfurt location," says Thomas Schäfer, Minister for Finance in the State of Hesse. "From Lufthansa's perspective, the workshop will offer the latest standards in environmental protection and energy efficiency. With its cutting-edge production logistics, the facility is a further indication that Industry 4.0 is not just a vision in Hesse but already a reality."
"Lufthansa and Frankfurt are a well-established team. We want to continue growing in Frankfurt. This investment is therefore an important foundation for ensuring the supply of our fleet," says Klaus Froese, CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines Hub Frankfurt.
"We are very deliberately developing this new facility here in the heart of Germany," says Thomas Stüger, Executive Board Member Technical Operations, Logistics & IT at Lufthansa Technik AG. "When the right conditions are in place, it is possible to work not only efficiently but also economically even in a high-wage economy thanks to the latest production techniques and the unique experience of our staff. We are very proud to have accomplished this objective in collaboration with all partners involved."
"I would like to thank all the trades, partners and colleagues for the excellent cooperation in implementing this ambitious project," says Frank Zimmermann, Head of Project Management of Lufthansa Technik's new wheels and brakes workshop. "We set ourselves ambitious targets and have brought these to fruition today on time and within budget." The new facility exceeds the requirements stipulated in the Energy Savings Ordinance by more than 30 percent. A separate combined heat and power plant, for example, was constructed for this purpose. Even the waste heat from the machines will therefore be used intelligently for air conditioning the building.”