Airfoil experts: ASSB joint venture pools expertise

Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur

06.2018

Half a million blades per year

It’s 2 a.m. CET, 9 a.m. local time in Kuala Lumpur. Even at this time of the morning, the humidity is oppres­sive, causing the tem­pera­ture in Malaysia’s capital to feel much higher than the thermo­meter shows. Europeans need a while for their bodies to adapt to the unac­cus­tomed meteoro­logical con­ditions. Dutchman Wim van Beers has grown used to the climate. In spring 2017, he became the new Managing Director of Air­foil Services Sdn. Bhd. (ASSB), a 50/50 joint venture between MTU and Luft­hansa Technik, which specializes in the repair of engine blades. “With over 500 em­ployees, we repair some 550,000 engine blades here per year,” van Beers says. ASSB’s experts take care of high-pres­sure com­pressor and low-pres­sure turbine engine blades for long-, short- and medium-haul air­craft such as the CF6-80C, the GP7000 or engines from the CFM56 and V2500 families.

Close examination: visual inspection of engine blades Hover over the image for a bigger view

Close examination: visual inspection of engine blades

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Close examination: visual inspection of engine blades

ASSB repairs engine blades supplied by MTU and LHT as well as third parties Hover over the image for a bigger view

ASSB repairs engine blades supplied by MTU and LHT as well as third parties

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ASSB repairs engine blades supplied by MTU and LHT as well as third parties

World’s first shop offering the full range of repairs

Customers who entrust their engines to the main­tenance shop in Kota Damansara, near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, which has been jointly managed since 2003 by MTU and Luft­hansa Technik, benefit from over 25 years of experience. The primary objective of the joint venture is to lev­erage synergies and generate economies of scale in the area of blade repair. Both partners contribute a basic volume of blades and incor­porate their repair devel­op­ment know-how into training and quality improve­ment. “The joint venture has given rise to extensive techno­logical expertise and has also substan­tially increased our repair capability,” van Beers says. The result: ASSB was the world’s first shop able to offer the full range of repairs, which has proved instru­mental in its suc­cess: “We have dra­mati­cally expanded the busi­ness and in­creased our revenue more than nine-fold since 2003,” van Beers adds. The addition of a new facility in 2007 has also signifi­cantly enlarged the location’s repair capacities.