Trade show interview at the MTU booth with Dr. Klaus Welschof, Head of Aerospace Sales, Otto Fuchs Group
Dr. Welschof, you consider the Paris Air Show a success for you as Head of Sales for the Otto Fuchs Group when …?
Dr. Klaus Welschof: … we get the opportunity to talk with our key customers about future strategy. We incorporate the customers’ latest thoughts and considerations into our strategy, and we update them on developments in our company: this year, the operational merger of the German parent company Otto Fuchs with the U.S. subsidiary Weber Metals Inc. to form the Otto Fuchs Aerospace Group has been the main topic of conversation.
Otto Fuchs works with MTU on compressor disks made of titanium. What makes these disks special? And what particular qualities does your company bring to the table?
Welschof: Personally, I have witnessed almost three decades of cooperation between MTU and Otto Fuchs—and the word “innovation” has always taken center-stage! Together with MTU, we were able to bring several completely new high-performance titanium alloys for compressor disks to production readiness. Otto Fuchs is world-renowned for its materials and process know-how. Otto Fuchs was the first supplier to receive a second MTU Award, in this case for “Innovation,” which made us delighted and proud.
New materials and manufacturing techniques will permit the next technological leap forward in engine manufacturing, it is often claimed. Is that how you see it?
Welschof: Yes, very much so. The further gains in the energy and environmental efficiency of modern aircraft engines come from improvements in aerodynamic and thermal efficiency. One approach seeks to make the fan turn slower and the low-pressure turbine turn faster, whereas the other approach seeks to increase operating pressures and temperatures. In both cases, you need improved materials and smart processing as a key technology; generally, that means new forging processes or additive manufacturing. We’re working on both these things.
The complete interview with Dr. Klaus Welschof
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Welschof (57) has been Head of Aerospace Sales at the Otto Fuchs Group in Meinerzhagen since late 2007. He has also been a member of the “Aerospace Group” Executive Management Team, the aerospace division management for Otto Fuchs, Meinerzhagen, and Weber Metals, Inc., Paramount, California, USA, since the start of 2016. In 1988, he joined Otto Fuchs KG as an employee working in development and customer technical advice. Later, he took on various roles at the interface between development, sales and project management. Previously, he had studied and acquired a doctorate in aerospace technology at RWTH Aachen University.
Otto Fuchs Group
Otto Fuchs KG was founded in 1910. With 8,738 employees worldwide and an annual turnover of 2.4 billion euros (based on 2015 figures), the company manufactures high-quality semi-finished products, in particular metallurgically complicated forgings for the aerospace industry, the automobile industry (the Fuchsfelge), the construction industry (Schüco windows) and the machinery and plant engineering industry. The Otto Fuchs Group has subsidiaries in Germany, Hungary, South Africa, the USA and China.