U.S. engine specialist BP Aero’s move into a new 100,000 square foot facility last year has created new capacity to growth, with the company’s chief operating officer predicting a doubling of revenues from 2017 to 2019.
Mike Walsh, BP Aero’s chief operating officer, says the new facility which contains seven engine bays, quadruples its floor foot print, increased capacity at both component repair as well as engine disassembly.
“The new facility allowed component repair to double their space and alleviate all bottle necks—it took six months to implement after 18 months of construction, but we are finally reaping the benefits,” Walsh says. “Component repair now has excess capacity and quicker turnaround times, as well as the ability to add capability which we didn’t have space before.”
Other investment areas over the past year have included engine tooling for disassembly, field service and hospital shop repairs, equipment for engine repairs including vacuum furnaces and thermal spray cells, along with the hiring of 30 new staff in 2018 alone to meet new demands.
Hiring more people is next on the agenda for the company, Walsh says. “We have plenty of room to grow. The plant and equipment have been put in place with the additional building and space, now all we need to do is continue to hire and train new people.”
The company formed in 2008 and is made up of three divisions across two facilities in Irving, Texas. BP Aero Engines holds FAA and EASA Part 145 certification and its services include light engine repair workscopes, field and housekeeping services engine MROs, airlines and lessors. Its BP Aero Services unit provides engine part overhauls on certain components, while BP Aerospace focuses on engine disassemblies, typically supporting parts trading companies and engine repair shops.
Walsh says the BP Aerospace unit performs around 135 teardowns annually, and the engine disassembly segment has remained “steady and lucrative.” “Customers need parts so that they can fulfil their end users) demands,” he says.
This year has also seen new capabilities added. First, in April, the company added its second FAA 145 certificate to conduct engine inspections, engine preservation and top to bottom case repairs, among other services. It followed this up with parts overhaul capabilities for the CF34-8E engine in August.