lufthansa technik component services expands workshop in tulsa
November 14, 2017
Lufthansa Technik Component Services (LTCS) has substantially expanded its workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With an opening ceremony on 13 November, the Lufthansa Technik subsidiary officially started operation of the new component shop. Providing a shop floor area of 10,700 square meters (115,000 square feet), the facility has doubled in size. Additional capabilities and an enhanced logistics network in the region furthermore increase the performance and service portfolio of the company.
For Lufthansa Technik the portfolio expansion is a major increase of its footprint in the Americas. Stephen Fondell and Dirk Ripa, who jointly share the responsibility as Co-Managing Director and Head of Product Division Components Americas, explain the move. Dirk Ripa underlines: “To meet the demands of our customers, we have added a large number of services to our portfolio.” Stephen Fondell says: “By ensuring work is done in the region for the region, we are forecasting an annual growth rate of more than 20 percent.”
In view of the capability expansion and the focus on increasing Boeing 737 capabilities, the number of employees is expected to rise as well. Lufthansa Technik Component Services today employs close to 600 employees at its eight locations throughout North America. Numerous changes have also been implemented to secure the supply chain in the region, including the establishment of new processes.
Complementing the workshop expansion, Lufthansa Technik also opened a new regional office in Miami, Florida, in October. The office employs about 150 employees, with corporate sales and other commercial and operational services such as a 24/7 AOG desk and material trading being co-located here. By combining the different product divisions under one roof in the region, Lufthansa Technik ensures a more aligned and efficient market approach.
Dirk Ripa says: “Our consistent growth in the Americas shows that our commitment is not only fostering trusted relationships with airline customers in the region, but also paving the way to a very promising future.” Stephen Fondell explains: “Besides increasing our regional production footprint to be closer to our customers, gaining a better understanding of the evolving needs of the market will allow us to develop next-generation customized solutions for their problems.”
With the expansion of the Tulsa facility and the other developments, Lufthansa Technik is strengthening its position as a trusted strategic partner to airlines and operators of commercial aircraft in the Americas. By the end of the year, further branch offices will be opened in Bogotá, Colombia, and Mexico City, Mexico.