Panasonic Avionics Corporation has grown its MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) footprint in Europe with a major expansion of its facility in Dundalk, Ireland. The facility is operated by Panasonic Technical Services (PTS), a division of Panasonic Avionics, and provides repairs, line maintenance, spares parts supply, and technical services and training to customers in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
The MRO centre, which first opened in October 2019, has been expanded in size by 500%, taking it from 6,000 sq. ft to 23,000 sq. ft. The facility will be full, as Panasonic Avionics has also tripled its workforce at the site.
PTS expects to induct 1,500 – 2,000 units per month at the Dundalk facility, which is Part 145, TCAA, FAA and UK CAA approved.
The staff will repair Panasonic’s X series and Next IFE systems, and Boeing CSS equipment, as well as being its European distribution centre.
Tom Eskola, VP and general manager of PTS confirmed there is high demand for maintenance services within the industry, stating, “As the aviation industry returns towards pre-pandemic levels, MRO slots are, once again, at a premium.”
The expanded Dundalk facility is one of ten PTS locations within Europe. In addition to the Ireland-based repair shop, there are also airport line maintenance stations at Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Madrid, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, and Rome Fiumicino.