Laying of the foundation stone for the EME Aero facility in Jasionka

  • EME Aero is a 50/50 joint venture between the two global players and will offer MRO services for the Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine family
  • A total investment of 150 million euros by 2020 will make the new facility the world’s most modern MRO shop
  • Operations are scheduled to start by the end of 2019;
  • Growing workforce expected to reach 1,000 employees by 2026

Jasionka, September 28, 2018 – This date will go down in the history for EME Aero as a symbolic day of launching one of the biggest and most advanced GTF MRO service center worldwide for Pratt &Whitney Geared Turbo Fan aircraft engines. On that day the company has laid the foundation stone  for the facility being built in Jasionka, close to Rzeszow city. The total investment for the service center with a workspace of 40,000 square meters is 150 million euros by 2020.

Work on the construction site has begun in mid-June 2018. The area has already been levelled whilst over 60.000 m3 of earth have been moved on the construction site. Building Platform is almost completed and foundations works are currently commenced. Over 160 concrete columns constituting the skeleton of the plant, weighting up to 18 tons each will be erected. In total, approximately 2600 tons of steel and over 8000 m3 of concrete will be consumed during construction works. Over 1.350.000 Manhours will be required to complete construction works.

The construction site for EME Aero service center consists of about 16 ha; that is almost 23 football fields. The rough framing work for the facility, including one of the most advanced test cells worldwide, will be completed by the end of 2019. According to the plan, the buildings will be handed over to the investor in October 2019, so that at the end of 2019 the Center could receive its first engines.

– “The foundation stone laying ceremony marks the achievement in reaching one of the most significant milestones in the project. From here we will see the transition from plan to reality with the building growing day by day ” – said Derrick Siebert, Managing Director of Business, EME Aero Board Member. Two global aviation industry leaders – Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines decided to create a world–leading aircraft engine service center for PW1000G engines’ family. Today we fulfill this decision and take pride in this challenge. EME Aero is another aviation industry company which decided to invest in Poland, in Podkarpackie region. This is clear signal of shareholders’ commitment to the region as a place to do business and invest. Today, EME Aero not only lays the foundation stone for the new MRO service center, the company also paves the way for the most advanced technologies, world-class solutions as well as highest standards of quality and safety.” – adds Mr. Siebert.    

– “I am glad that EME Aero is arising in Podkarpacie, place with deep aviation’s traditions. Here, we can count on qualified employees,  favorable business environment that knows and understands needs of the aviation industry as well as on univerities’ centers and schools educating both mechanics and aviation specialists. Our facility will come equipped with the most advanced DAT system (Disassembly, Assembly and Testing). This will allow the flow line  processes to be made more efficient.” – says Dr. Uwe Zachau, Managing Director of Operations, EME Aero Board Member. –

“With great joy, accompanied by our shareholders representatives, all people related to the project, business partners, Polish and German authorities, employees and media, today we are starting a long, several decades of history together. During this time we would like to build strong relationships with the local community, schools and business partners and we hope that this event is also ceremonial laying of the foundation stone for these interactions.” – adds U. Zachau.

Around 70 employees are on board at EME Aero now, ultimately 1000 new jobs. The Company is investing several million euros in staff training, which will take place in the newly built Training Center in Jasionka. Each Training will go over a period of several month at the Training Center as well as On the Job Trainings directly at the Shareholders MTU und Lufthansa Technik. The Training Center will start its operations in the beginning of October.

– “The project, thanks to the combination of two huge potentials of world leaders in their field, will bring a great added value for Poland. We focus on technologically advanced investments that offer specialized jobs. What is also important to us and what has been repeatedly emphasized in the Strategy for Responsible Development, it is crucial to establish close cooperation with local universities and technical schools – says Deputy Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Tadeusz Kościński.

– “The fact that such an important investor as EME Aero begins construction of the plant with us, in Podkarpacie, shows how the region uses its aviation potential. Only in the company alone, 1000 jobs will be created, but there are also business partners in small and medium-sized aviation industry companies. The company’s activity also means extensive cooperation with our Airport. We want to show the company’s investments as a good practice of the Ministry of Investment and Development and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Polish Investment and Foreign Trade Agency, cooperation of regional institutions that have had a significant share in bringing the advantages of this place to the investor while making decisions on location. It is worth talking about it. – emphasized Władysław Ortyl, Marshal of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship.


EME Aero is a joint venture between two leading aircraft companies, Lufthansa Technik AG (50%) and MTU Aero Engines AG (50%). This joint initiative has resulted in the idea of creating one the most advanced MRO  (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) provider for the latest generation of geared turbofan engines from the PW1000G series. The state-of-the-art facility is to be built in Southeastern Poland, in Jasionka close to the Rzeszow city. The two parties to the joint venture will invest a total amount of around 150 million euros by 2020. The facility is scheduled to be up and running in 2020, with a planned annual capacity of more than 450 shop visits by the PW1000G series of geared turbofan engines. The newly established center will have a staff of more than 1000 qualified employees. When production commences at the beginning of 2020, EME Aero will start to provide GTF MRO services for Airbus A320neo, Airbus A220-300 (former Bombardier C) series and Embrayer EJet for Lufthansa and other airlines. Capacity will be ramped up slowly, and a state-of-the-art test cell will be created. Once completed, the EME Aero facility will be one of the most advanced and the most efficient engine shops worldwide, thanks to the unique flow line and efficient administration. EME Aero will have full capability for PW1100G, PW1500G and PW1900G engines, including overhaul, maintenance, restoration of productivity and some types of repair. PW1000G series engine, to be serviced in the EME Aero facility, is in a league of its own. The GTF engine, with its revolutionary geared fan technology, is transforming aviation by delivering game-changing economic and environmental performance. EME

Aero, as a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines, is to take direct advantage of the know-how and technology offered by both partners. This will ensure world class services based on decades of experience. At the same time, the EME Aero service center will meet the highest requirements in environmental protection in the aviation industry, as well as safe conditions of work.

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