MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has appointed Jaap Beijer as its new general manager.
Beijer joins the MTU Aero Engines-China Southern Airlines joint venture from engine manufacturer International Engine Alliance (IAE), where he was senior vice-president of its aftermarket activities.
He replaces Frank Bodenhage, who steps down after six years in China to take on the new role of senior vice president at MTU’s engine shop in Hannover.
During his tenure, he oversaw revenue and workload more then doubling, while the Zhuhai surpassed its 1,000th shop visit milestone for both the CFM56 and V2500 engine families.
Beijer joins MTU Maintenance Zhuhai at a time of expansion, with the company planning on adding 50% in production capacity to meet repair demand for the V2500 and CFM56-3, -5B and -7 engines.
Holger Sindemann, executive vice president, MRO operations at MTU Maintenance, told MRO-Network.com that capacity is tight at the engine giant so it is looking to expand across its global network.
This includes the addition of two new buildings in Hanover, a new logistics center in Berlin and the introduction of a new engine test cell at MTU Maintenance Canada in Richmond, British Columbia.
MTU also has a joint venture with Lufthansa Technik, EME Aero, scheduled to begin operating in 2020 in Poland.