CRMA, the engine parts repair affiliate of AFI KLM E&M, has unveiled plans to expand its production capacity by 2,500m2 and invest in new engineering equipment in order to meet demand on existing and new generation engine types.
The project, operating under the name Apollo, will focus on growing production space at CRMA’s facility near Paris and will target better efficiencies and the optimization of capabilities.
The overall investment will amount to around €10m ($10.9m). AFI KLM E&M revealed it expects the new capacity to be delivered by the second quarter of 2018.
Speaking to Aviation Week at MRO Europe, Fabrice Defrance, senior vice-president commercial, said the CRMA expansion is part of AFI KLM E&M’s overall development in the component repair segment.
“In order to remain competitive in the engine market, whether it be services for CFM or GE engines, we prefer to repair parts rather replace them with new ones because the cost for airlines will be lower,” he said. “Repairing a part rather than replacing it is a big cost saving for an airline operation.”
CRMA’s Apollo project will also focus on improving the quality and turn-around-times (TAT) of its operations.
Defrance also didn’t rule out AFI KLM E&M looking to further insource repair capabilities in the future, following the firm’s announcement in May 2016 that it would form a joint venture with Safran to insource compressor blade repair services to a new France-based repair shop.
“In all areas, we are always considering what we can insource and what we can make rather than buy, and taking into account what the benefits are in terms of cost and better TAT,” Defrance said.