Aviation Valley success story: MTU Aero Engines Polska

Poland - Rzeszów

06.2018

Market

Expert to expert: the key to efficient knowledge and technology transfer

It’s 2 p.m. in Rzeszów, Poland, and the latest GEnx tur­bine ­center frame (TCF) to come off the final as­sem­bly line is being pre­pared for delivery to MTU’s OEM partner, GE Aviation. Krzysztof Zuzak, Managing Director of MTU Aero Engines Polska, is super­vising each step of the pro­cess. He clearly re­mem­bers the day in spring 2017 when the first GEnx TCF module left the shop. “It was an im­portant mile­stone for us. MTU’s decision to estab­lish an as­sem­bly line for the GEnx tur­bine center frame here in Poland testifies to the group’s con­fidence in our skilled work­force.” The respon­sibility for as­sem­bling this module, which forms part of the engine that powers the Boeing 787 and 747-8, was trans­ferred to Poland from Munich, where the focus now lies on final as­sem­bly of the PW1100G-JM engine for the A320neo. Obviously, the relo­cation of a module as­sem­bly line of this com­plex­ity can’t be done over­night. Fitters who had worked on the TCF as­sem­bly line in ­Munich passed on their know-how to their Polish col­leagues in a phased series of training ­sessions. “The know­ledge and tech­nology transfer ran just as smoothly as the team­work,” ­recalls Jan Florian, pro­duction manager at MTU Aero Engines Polska.

A location growing from strength to strength

Looking further back, the suc­cess­ful relocation of the TCF as­sem­bly line is merely the latest step in the continuing suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of the MTU subsidiary in Poland. Since 2009, when MTU Aero Engines established its facility on the out­skirts of Rzeszów Air­port, the lo­cation has grown substan­tially. So much so that in 2015 a new 10,000-square-meter annex was ­inaugu­rated. “When MTU Aero Engines Polska was founded, it had 200 em­ployees—today that number has risen to over 700. The company unde­ni­ably owes its suc­cess to the strong working relation­ship on every level between the German and Polish teams,” says Zuzak.

Growing from strength to strength: the MTU Aero Engines Polska site in Rzeszów.