The setup of Xeos, the Southern Poland-based engine joint venture between GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik, is running to schedule with a growing number of technicians undergoing training.
The facility, scheduled to begin production in Spring 2019, will initially hold overhaul and repair capabilities for the GEnx-2B and from 2021, the GE9X engine type. The engines power the Boeing 747-8 and the Boeing 777X respectively.
Construction of the $274 million facility began in August 2017 followed by a foundation ceremony held at the site in late-September 2017. As of Oct. 18, the project is running to time, confirmed Thomas Böttger, XEOS managing director of business in a phone conversation with MRO-Network.com.
Böttger, who represents the Lufthansa Technik side of the 51%-49% split with GE, said the JV is also placing a great deal of focus on recruitment through its designated training center in Wroclaw, which it has invested around $16.6 million in and plans to extend.
“This process involves recruiting mechanics and putting them through a tailored 15-month training program at our training center,” he says. The process also involves ‘on-the-job’ training for the Xeos technicians at GE Aviation centers across the UK.
As it stands, Xeos already employs 86 people, a number set to grow to 100 by the end of the year. Eventually, it plans to employ around 600 people once at full capacity.
“On-the-job training is essential for exposing technicians to a real production environment and giving them the experience they need for engines like the GEnx-2B”, adds Stefan Schmuck, XEOS managing director of operations.
An in-depth view of the Xeos joint venture will feature in the December issue of Inside MRO.