*Interim CEO of the IDA, Mary Buckley, LTTS CEO Michael Malewski and Junior Minister, Kieran O’Donnell.
LUFTHANSA TECHNIK TURBINE SHANNON (LTTS) have opened a new engine parts and accessories repair (EPAR) facility in Shannon.
With the addition of the new 2,000 m2 state-of-the-art facility, LTTS’ total capacity for aircraft engine maintenance and repair in the region is now at 10,000 m2.
This development enables LTTS to expand its portfolio by including engine manifolds among its specialist services. The primary function of engine manifolds is to distribute air or fluids for optimal engine performance. When manifolds become damaged or worn, they can diminish engine performance and lead to increased emissions.
Operating in Ireland since 1992, LTTS in the past two years has increased its workforce by 106 persons and now employs more than 300 people across its operations in Shannon, Kildare and Dublin.
Within Shannon, the new facility has already resulted in the creation of 25 new jobs. Speaking at Friday’s official opening, LTTS CEO Michael Malewski described it as “a very exciting day for the business in Ireland”.
He added, “With this new facility we are diversifying our product portfolio and enhancing our manufacturing capabilities to better serve our customers’ needs. The diversification and expansion of our core MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) services portfolio has happened fast and the LTTS team has worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition. I believe we have some of the best people in the world working for us at each of our three locations, but we need even more as we experience rapid post-pandemic recovery.”
Michael highlighted a particular need for more experienced aviation engineers as well as qualified mechanics and engineers from any field interested in moving into the aviation industry. “I believe that the opportunities for LTTS in Ireland are significant and we are in a strong position to deliver innovative solutions that will drive the aviation industry forward”.
LTTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Germany’s Lufthansa Technik AG, and a member of the EPAR Network (Engine Parts and Accessories Repair), specialises in the repair of components for both high pressure and low pressure turbines for aircraft engines for CFMI and GE aircraft engines. The latest development in Shannon means that not only is LTTS expanding its footprint in Ireland, but it will also be able to offer new products for turbine engines that power Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.
With some 35 subsidiaries and affiliates, the Lufthansa Technik Group is one of the leading providers of technical aircraft services in the world. Certified internationally as a maintenance, production and design organization, the company has a workforce of more than 20,000 employees.
Limerick TD and Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Kieran O’Donnell (FG) presided over the launch of the new facility. “This is a significant and welcome investment announcement by Lufthansa Technik and is a fantastic sign of not only rapid recovery, but of growth in the aviation sector once again. LTTS is a long-standing and significant employer in Ireland and is particularly prominent in the Shannon cluster,” he stated.
Interim CEO of the IDA, Mary Buckley added, “LTTS has been present here in Shannon for more than 30 years and this expansion will increase capacity at the facility and lead to the creation of highly skilled roles”.