As Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik reports that in 2013 the group generated revenues of Euro 4.2bn, it has also announced an exciting investment for Euro 20m of those funds.
During the second quarter of 2014, Lufthansa Technik AG intends to commission a new complex of buildings at its Hamburg site, which will include a Central Materials Technology department, complete with a new chemistry lab.
The Central Materials Technology department’s staff of around 20 are responsible for component and system assessment, production resource monitoring, the testing of all fluids used in aircraft, from hydraulic oil to cleaning agents, materials verification, and the evaluation of new technologies, among other things.
Research conducted by the team includes how new materials respond to the use of traditional cleaning agents, whether two flame-resistant seat covers still meet fire safety regulations when they are combined with another insulating material, or whether a welding joint can be the source of crack formation.
“We’re bundling all the know-how of our team in Hamburg in one place,” stated Dr Christian Siry, who heads up Central Materials Technology for Lufthansa Technik. “With the new materials lab and the chemistry lab, we have fulfilled the requirements for being able to provide answers to any question in conjunction with the material combinations of the future, usage scenarios and customer demands.”