The agreement signed by Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and Meggitt at this year’s Paris Air Show will see Meggitt parts repair services start being introduced into the German MRO’s Shenzhen Shop early next year before leading to full capability from 2021.
The partnership formally began in late September with capability expected to be built “progressively and in phases over the next 18 months,” according to Stewart Watson, president – services and support at Meggitt.
“Parts will come online in early 2020,” he says. Once at full capability from 2021, the agreement will encompass Meggitt product groups such as detection and fire suppression units, fuel oil, heat transfer and control systems. The readiness of the repair shop was one factor in growing ties between both companies, Watson says. “They [LHT] already have capability there on similar type products so it’s not a completely new investment."
Adrian Plevin, Meggitt’s senior vice president of MRO services, says the move to link up with LHT’s Shenzhen shop fulfilled a company requirement to enter China.“There’s a core of part numbers we’re starting with as we want to make sure we’re covering all the main parts in China,” he says.
“We set up a repair facility in Singapore back in 2012 and have been happy with the direction that’s been going, but we needed to get into China and we looked at the options of whether we do the repairs ourselves or work with a partner.” Eventually, Meggitt says the LHT Shenzhen facility will become an MRO center of excellence for these types of repairs servicing the Chinese market.
Burkhard Pfefferle-Tolkiehn, LHT vice president component services in Asia-Pacific, says its Shenzhen facility sought out additional capability as a means of aiding growth in China, where it has operated since 2002 and now employs more than 600 people in its operation.
An 80-20 joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology, its Shenzhen site specializes in services for components, with the MRO’s website stating it covers more than 13,000 parts numbers.