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MTU Maintenance Canada: British Columbia facility of the Bavarian group has 300 employees in of one of Pratt & Whitney’s core industrial partnerships


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MTU's legendary Junkers Ju 52, nicknamed 'Tante Ju' in German, 'Iron Annie' in English - picture Wikipedia

MTU’s partnership with Pratt & Whitney is its most longstanding one, stretching back to the 1920s. In 1928, MTU’s predecessor, BMW-Flugmotoren GmbH, signed a license agreement with the U.S. engine manufacturer to produce its Hornet radial engine, which was the basis for the later BMW 132 engine for the Junkers Ju 52 aircraft, the legendary ‘Tante Ju’.

Over time, MTU turned its experience with high-pressure compressors in the military sector to advantage in the commercial sector. After the Second World War, MTU initially produced components for the military JT8D engine, followed by the PW2000, the first joint project in which MTU assumed direct responsibility for a portion of the engine. The company took an eleven-percent stake in the program, to which it contributed the low-pressure turbine. For Pratt & Whitney’s PW6000 commercial engine program MTU provided a breakthrough: an exceptionally high-performance six-stage compressor. It was the first PW engine to be assembled outside PW factories, at MTU’s Hannover location.

MTU Aero Engines LogoIn 1990, the two companies decided to intensify their collaboration by forming a strategic partnership, the key aspect of which was that Pratt & Whitney and MTU would include each other in all new commercial engine programs in which either company participated. The PW1000G geared turbofan (potential engine for Bombardier CSeries) will be equipped not only with an innovative high-speed low-pressure turbine but also with a new high-pressure compressor developed jointly by MTU and Pratt & Whitney. The compressor’s blade integrated disk (blisk) technology is another area where MTU has a clear lead.

But there is more of MTU in Canada: MTU Maintenance Canada, the first MTU affiliate outside Germany, was founded in November 1998. Since 2003, when Canadian Airlines (now Air Canada) sold its minority stake, MTU Maintenance Canada has been a wholly owned affiliate of MTU Aero Engines. Located in Richmond, BC, the branch counts currently more than 300 employees.

Source: http://www.mtu.de

MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading and the country’s only independent engine manufacturer. In fiscal 2011, the company had a workforce of some 8,200 employees and posted consolidated sales of more than 2.9 billion euros. A global player and technology leader, MTU excels in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, manufacturing and repair techniques. In the military arena, MTU is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the country's air force. MTU Maintenance is the world's largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.