MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg celebrates 30th Anniversary
- Future secured with CFM56-7B introduction and CF34 licensing agreement with GE
- The most diverse portfolio across the MTU Maintenance network is key to the facility’s stability and success
Ludwigsfelde, June 7th, 2021 – MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a small, socially-distanced celebration with MTU management, local politicians, including Brandenburg’s Minister President Dietmar Woidke, and works council representatives, as well as employees who have been with MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg since it was founded in 1991. Over the past 30 years, the facility has developed to become a world leader in the maintenance repair and overhaul of narrowbody, regional, business jet and helicopter engines, as well as being a competence center for industrial gas turbine maintenance and testing for the military TP400-D6 engine.
“We are extremely proud of all the facility has accomplished over the past three decades,” says Reiner Winkler, CEO and Chairman of the Board of MTU Aero Engines. MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg has supported over 400 customers over the past five years and has the most diverse product portfolio within the MTU Maintenance network. “We are also be expanding this to include full CFM56-7B engine overhaul capacity and expect to induct the first engine of this type over the summer. This introduction ensures both the flexibility within our network to meet customer needs as well as the future strength of our presence here,” he adds.
Diverse portfolio ensures success
“We also recently signed an eight-year extension of our GE branded service agreement for the continued maintenance, repair and overhaul of the CF34 engine family,” André Sinanian, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg states. “This was a further and important step in maintaining our position as number one independent service provider for this engine and securing this program for the future of our facility until 2030 and beyond.” MTU Maintenance recently celebrated the redelivery of its 500th CF34-10E and has carried out 1,400 shop visits for this engine since 2003.
Alongside these engine programs, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg is specialized in the MRO and field service support of aeroderivative GE LM series industrial gas turbines and their packages. In fact, this area of the business saw around 25 percent growth in 2020, despite the on—going COVID-19 pandemic. “As such, we’ve been expanding our yearly capacity for this engine type and have just introduced hot section repairs for the newest LM variant, the LM6000PF+,” adds Sinanian. But the portfolio additions do not stop there. In 2020, the facility introduced piece parts repairs for the PW1500G/PW1900G and recently completed the first PW800 low-pressure turbine overhaul, for which it is currently the only MRO provider worldwide.
MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg has also been home to the Pratt & Whitney Customer Service Centre Europe (CSC), a joint venture between itself and Pratt & Whitney Canada for the marketing and sales of P&WC engines in Europe, Middle East and Africa, since 1992. “The shop and mobile repair team service 70 engine variants on behalf of P&W CSC,” says Sinanian. “We are particularly proud to have been servicing air ambulance and air rescue customers throughout the crisis, ensuring they maintain critical services throughout.”
Committed to the region Berlin-Brandenburg
Minister President of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke, stated during his speech: “After a difficult year due to the pandemic, things are looking up at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg too. The company has been well managed throughout the crisis. With its stable base of around 850 employees and training program for young people, MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg is a key employer in the region. The company is essential to the continued success of our state as an aviation stronghold in Germany. MTU and Brandenburg go well together.”
In 2019, the facility inaugurated a new 6,500 square meter logistics building and reorganised the layout of its shops to increase efficiencies.
“MTU’s employees are passionate, visionary and drive the company forward. They are the reason the capital city region of Berlin-Brandenburg has been able to develop into an important national and international aviation location over the past decades, in particular in terms of engine technology. We are delighted and grateful that companies such as MTU believe in our state and invested here very early on,” said Brandenburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Jörg Steinbach.
“Since 1991, we have invested over 300 million euros in the site here at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg, 50 million alone in 2021,” adds Winkler. “We remain committed to the region Berlin-Brandenburg, providing our customers the excellent and reliable engine care they’ve come to expect from MTU, as well as our team of employees, without whom none of this 30 year success would have been possible.”