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.