FRANKFURT—ACLAS Technics, a repair provider for structural airframe components, has launched a new engine disassembly and service management unit and has announced parts supplier AOG-247 as its first customer.
The tie-up will initially focus on powerplants for narrowbody and regional aircraft, covering engines including the CFM56 family, V2500 and PW100, with ACLAS Technics providing AOG-247 with engineering and trading support. Previously, the company focused on structural parts, for instance the overhaul of flight controls, for aircraft including the Airbus A320 family, ATR 42/72, Boeing 737 and 757, BAe146 and CASA 295.
Charles Henery, owner and managing director of ACLAS Technics, says the engines it will initially provide services for are suited towards the company’s core competencies. “We’ve transferred the niche focus from the structural component side onto the new business where we won’t try and master everything, but instead, focus on just a few engine types at first and get to the required quality standards,” he says
ACLAS Technics is looking for “a steady stream of business” initially from AOG-247, which Henery says could be roughly around one engine per month to start with. He estimates that the workload will be built up until the end of 2020, before operating on a larger scale the following year.
It will utilize greater capacity at its facility in Livingston, having recently added an additional 20,000 sq. ft. after taking control of an adjoining facility. Within this, the engine venture will operate with capacity for disassembling two engines monthly and the re-tagging of components. Further capacity is likely to be added by May 2020, Henery says.
ACLAS Technics employs just fewer than 30 people at the site, located around 25km west of Edinburgh, with the majority working in technical engineering roles. Henery says roughly, 75% of these employees are ex-servicemen. While manpower is enough for the initial engine workload, the company is reviewing taking on more technical staff as a means of meeting any future ramp-ups.