The signs are green
Lufthansa Technik Aero Alzey expands site and invests in new technologies
In Rheinhessen, too, the course is set for growth. Lufthansa Technik Aero Alzey (LTAA) is making room for new production capacities. For several weeks now, a 1,500-square-meter extension on three levels has been under construction on the company's premises for the temporary storage of engine parts and very large tools, so that the current production area will soon be fully available again for the production process and more engines can be processed simultaneously in the future. The new building is scheduled to be put into operation in September.
"The addition of the new space is a first step on our future growth path," says Matthias Gruber, managing director of LTAA. "I am particularly pleased about this in view of the last three years, which were also tough for us due to the crisis. Fortunately, we managed to retain the majority of our highly qualified employees during the crisis. This makes it much easier for us to make a fresh start and serve the inquiries from the market." Currently, LTAA has 600 employees, compared to 700 before the crisis. "We want to grow back to pre-crisis levels. Further staff growth will then depend on strategic decisions," Gruber said. Currently, the company is mainly looking for new employees in the technical area, such as engineers and mechanics. However, there is also a need for personnel in the commercial areas.
Site expansion meets latest environmental standards - Waterjet system another site highlight
The site expansion also marks the company's entry into new technologies. In order to be able to carry out previously outsourced services at the site itself in the future, LTAA will invest in a waterjet system: Group approval has already been granted.
The waterjet technology will then make it possible to remove coatings from engine parts on site. The new technology is much more environmentally friendly than chemical stripping and offers the advantage that less material is removed during the process than with mechanical methods. "We are in close exchange with manufacturers such as GE and Pratt & Whitney in order to continue to keep our finger on the pulse in the ongoing development of engine technology," says Gruber proudly in view of the ambitious plans for the future. In addition to the extension, a logistics center in the area of the new industrial park and the construction of further buildings are planned within the next few years. Future topics include the PW127XT, the new Pratt & Whitney engine for the ATR72-600 regional aircraft, and the Passport20 for Bombardier business jets, which is already being serviced in Alzey. LTAA also plans to enter the EPAR business for the regional market.
New technologies are also being used in the construction itself. The installation of a photovoltaic system on the entire roof area is intended to optimize the energy balance and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the future.