Lufthansa Technik has unveiled plans to establish a new facility in Hungary where it will offer repair and overhaul services on aircraft engine parts.
Located in the city of Miskolc in northeastern Hungary, the center will work under the name Lufthansa Technik Miskolc and will operate as a fully-owned subsidiary.
The facility will operate in addition to its Lufthansa Technik Budapest business, where it carries out base maintenance services for the Boeing 737 NG and MAX along with Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The German MRO giant plans to open the 20,000 square meter facility in 2022. Before then, it will begin training and qualification courses for employees this year. These tasks will be carried out at the existing sites of its global engine parts repair network, comprised of locations in Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, China and the U.S.
Once open, Lufthansa Technik will employ around 400 people at the site. No specific investment figure was given, but Lufthansa Technik indicated it is north of €100 million ($113 million).
In terms of equipment, it plans to invest in machinery for procedures such as cleaning, thermal spraying and heat treatment of engine parts.
In a statement released Thursday (Feb. 21), Lufthansa Technik said the move to open in Hungary further strengthens its market positions while expanding its repair portfolio for entering the new engine generation.
"As the fourth-largest city in Hungary, Miskolc offers a great number of highly-qualified technical experts and moreover a good infrastructure", said Philip Mende, head of engine parts and mobile engine services at Lufthansa Technik.
Hamburg-headquartered Lufthansa Technik is yet to confirm which engine part types will be serviced at the facility.