20 years of MTU Maintenance Canada
MTU Maintenance’s first location outside Germany has survived some turbulent times and chalked up many successes.
10.2018 | Text: Nicole Geffert, Victoria Nicholls
Nicole Geffert has been working as a freelance journalist covering topics such as research and science, money and taxes, and education and careers since 1999.
Victoria Nicholls is a specialist for aftermarket topics such as engine MRO, leasing and asset management, as well as international market trends. The British-born editor lives in Berlin and works for MTU’s corporate communications in Hannover and Ludwigsfelde.
Together with customers, business partners and employees, MTU Maintenance Canada is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its site near Vancouver airport in combination with its appearance at the Abbotsford Airshow.
MTU Maintenance Canada has been part of the MTU Maintenance network since 1998. Specializing in maintenance of the CF6, CFM56 and V2500 engines, the company also handles all services for accessories and line replaceable units (LRUs) for a range of engines—from the CF34 to the GE90.
Over the past two decades, the wholly owned subsidiary of MTU Aero Engines has overhauled more than 1,100 engines in its shop. In 2011, it set up the Accessory Repair Center: a center of excellence that maintains more than 11,000 accessories every year. Employing nearly 400 highly qualified experts, the subsidiary is one of the region’s valued employers in the aerospace sector.
The Accessory Repair Center, which opened in 2011, maintains more than 11,000 accessories every year.
Technicians at work on a V2500 engine. In 2019, the plant is expected to have up to 40 shop visits for the V2500.
The MTU subsidiary’s shop for repairing engines and accessories and conducting engine tests is located right next to the international airport in Vancouver.
At MTU Maintenance Canada, young technicians work side by side with their more experienced colleagues. The workforce represents some fifty different countries.
Repairing accessories calls for an extra degree of precision.
Highly trained technicians work on repairing accessories at the plant.
Maintenance work focuses on the CF6, CFM56 und V2500 engines as well as all services for accessories and line replaceable units (LRUs).
In summer 2018, MTU Maintenance Canada joined Hannover and Zhuhai to become the third MTU location for V2500 maintenance.
“We can look back proudly at our long history of success in looking after commercial and military customers in North and South America,” says Helmut Neuper, Managing Director of MTU Maintenance Canada. “And I’m delighted to be continuing this success story with the maintenance services for V2500 engines that we launched in December 2017.”
The first shop visit for a V2500 was successfully completed in summer 2018. The overhaul took place as part of an agreement made last year between IAE and MTU, which stipulated that MTU Maintenance Canada provide MRO services for V2500 engines within the IAE customer service network.
And all signs point to further growth: “MTU has invested 17 million Canadian dollars in establishing the new maintenance line at the Richmond site in British Columbia,” Neuper says. “Some 25 overhauls for the V2500 engine are to take place at MTU Maintenance Canada this year, and next year we expect to handle up to 40 shop visits.”