Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits MTU Aero Engines
Munich, March 26, 2014 – This Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid a visit to MTU Aero Engines in Munich. On his trip, Harper was accompanied by Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade. The guests were welcomed by MTU Chief Executive Officer Reiner Winkler, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rainer Martens and MTU Maintenance President Dr. Stefan Weingartner. The talks focused on MTU’s business relations with Canada and its investments in the Canadian market. Munich, Germany-based MTU operates a maintenance company in Canada’s Vancouver, British Columbia, which has a workforce of more than 400 employees. On a tour of the company, Harper and his delegation were guided through MTU’s highly advanced production shop for blisks. One of the applications for these components is the PW1500G engine to power Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier’s CSeries jets. MTU supplies the parts for the PW1500G engines to its partner, Pratt & Whitney Canada in Montréal.
During his visit to Munich, Harper also provided first-hand information on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. The CETA was the subject of a roundtable discussion held in the afternoon of March 26, in which Weingartner participated as MTU’s representative.
About MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines, Germany's leading and the country's only independent engine manufacturer, is an established global player in the industry. It engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, manufacturing processes, and repair techniques. In the commercial maintenance area, MTU Maintenance is the world's largest independent provider of engine maintenance services. In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the country's military. MTU operates affiliates around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters.