Aircraft painting and interiors specialist Satys Group has announced that it will take over Aero Technique Espace’s (ATE) painting site at Marcel Dassault Airport in Chateauroux, France.
ATE, which has been in recovery proceedings since May, has four paint hangars at the site, including two for widebody aircraft, one for narrowbody aircraft and one for VIP and regional aircraft. Satys says it plans to keep approximately 40 of ATE’s employees in Chateauroux.
According to Satys CEO Christophe Cador, the company is investing in France to grow its European business for aftermarket painting. “Chateauroux will become our center of excellence in Europe for the repainting of long-haul aircraft in Europe with a target of 50 aircraft per year,” explains Cador. “The know-how of the Satys Group combined with that of the Chateauroux teams will enable us to offer a quality and competitive service that meets the requirements of air operators.”
Satys’ aftermarket and VIP painting director Thierry Melet says the company will have performed aftermarket painting for a total of 250 aircraft by the end of 2019. It expects this number to double by 2022.
Satys already has 11 painting sites and 14 painting hangars across Europe, northern Africa and Asia, including one at Le Bourget in France. Last year, the company further developed its aircraft repainting business by acquiring UK-based Air Livery—now known as Satys Air Livery. Satys Air Livery is set to acquire one of KLM UK Engineering’s hangars once the latter completes construction of a new facility at Norwich Aiport.
Satys is also planning two new paint hangars in Budapest next year. According to Melet, Budapest Airport will invest in the construction of the hangars due to interest in establishing an aircraft painting center at the location.