A new joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines will specialize in overhaul and repair services for Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G-series geared turbofan engines.
Engine Maintenance Europe, known as EME Aero for short, will begin operating in Poland from 2020, a joint statement by both companies confirmed on Dec. 5. The formal announcement followed an initial cooperation on the JV penned in February of this year.
Both of the Germany-headquartered MROs will hold a 50-50 split in the EME Aero business, with investment expected to amount to a combined €150 million ($177.2 million) over the next two years.
Once up and running, the business will employ up to 800 technical and administrative employees and is planning for an annual capacity exceeding 400 shop visits for the GTF, an engine option for the Airbus A320neo aircraft.
EME Aero will be the second JV operated by Lufthansa Technik and MTU, with both parties having operated the Airfoil Services business out of Malaysia since 2003 for low-pressure turbine and high-pressure compressor airfoil repairs.
The JV is the second business in Poland that Lufthansa Technik has had a hand in establishing in 2017. Earlier this year, it joined forces with GE Aviation to set up the XEOS engine JV in Wroclaw, specializing in services for the GEnx-2B initially, and eventually, the GE9X. Its intentions to ramp up its presence in the GTF aftermarket come as little surprise--Lufthansa Technik joined Pratt & Whitney’s global MRO network for the engine type.
MTU has also had a presence in the country for the past eight years through its MTU Aero Engines Polska, located in the south eastern city of Rzeszów, where it conducts assembly of low-press turbines for the PW1000G series.