Leading German aircraft engine manufacturer, MTU Aero Engines, will begin construction of its new repair facility at an industrial park near Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport this year, with the opening scheduled for 2023, the EX-YU Aviation News portal reports.
“This industrial park definitely has growth potential. It could well attract our suppliers and partners,” Rainer Becker, Project Manager and Managing Director of MTU Maintenance Serbia, said.
He added that, in the first phase, they planned to have the capacity for 470,000 repair hours per year.
“All the planning is being done in close collaboration with the relevant authorities in Serbia to ensure that the new building complies with all regulations and specifications,” Becker adds.
He and his team are also working on extending OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and customer licenses for the repair of engine parts to the new location. Applications for the necessary approvals by aviation authorities such as Germany’s Federal Aviation Authority must also be filed.
A team of about thirty MTU specialists in repair technologies, quality, logistics, finance and human resources are already working to establish the new maintenance location.
MTU’s office in Belgrade is now up and running, and the project team has defined the plant and process technologies. This means it will be possible to place early orders for particularly complex machinery with long delivery times.
EX-YU Aviation News reminds that last year, MTU and the government of Serbia signed a declaration of cooperation to establish close collaboration on the dual-track training of skilled workers – as practised in Germany. This guarantees the creation of a technical foundation required for a high-tech industry such as aviation.
While the on-the-job training will initially take place at MTU locations in Germany and Canada, the aim is to conduct this training exclusively in Serbia from 2024.
By 2027, the new repair location is expected to grow to around 440 employees.
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