- The 27th of September 20017 will go down in the history of XEOS as a symbolic day of launching the investment and laying the foundation stone for XEOS aircraft engine service and overhaul centre in Środa Śląska.
- On that day, XEOS guests of honour include: Carsten Spohr – Chief Executive Officer at Lufthansa AG, Dr. Johannes Buβman – CEO at Lufthansa Technik AG, David Joyce – Vice Chair of GE and the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Aviation, Jean Lydon-Rodgers – President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation Services, as well as Tadeusz Kościński – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development and Rolf Nikel – Ambassador of Germany in Poland.
- The symbolic time capsule contains among others the original plate to the etching representing an aircraft engine against the backdrop of XEOS centre, authored by a Wroclavian artist Marta Lech, a letter from XEOS team to future generations of employees and business partners of the centre, an outline of a GEnx-2B engine (to be serviced in the plant in the future) cut in glass, as well as a model of Boeing 747-8, where such engines are installed.
- XEOS, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation is an investment valued at one billion Polish zlotys. This state-of-the-art aircraft engine service centre, one of the most advanced in the world, will employ 600 experienced top-class aviation industry specialist and invest 60.00 million PLN in staff training.
- The plant is planned to be opened in the spring 2019.
Thomas Böttger, XEOS Managing Director of Business: Today’s celebration marks a symbolic launch of our project. At the Paris Airshow in June 2015, two global aviation industry leaders – Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation – decided to create a world-leading aircraft engine service and overhaul center for GEnx-2B and GE9X engines. Today we fulfill this dream and we take pride in this challenge. XEOS means modern technologies, world-class solutions as well as highest standards of quality and safety. We create the history of the aerospace industry and knowledge-based modern economy, whose main pillar is aviation. We write this story together with our team, which will ultimately include 600 high-end professionals equipped with truly unique skills.
Stefan Schmuck, XEOS Managing Director of Operations: With great joy, accompanied by our friends, business partners, Polish authorities, neighbours and media, today we are starting a long, at least 40-year long journey. Since December 2016, Poland and Lower Silesia, and especially Środa Śląska, have been our home. Here, we want to build strong relationships with the local community, whilst the foundation stone laid today is not only the foundation of our center, but also the foundation of these relationships. Into the time capsule we have put a letter for future generations, which contains a manifesto of our values and plans. We trust that people who will read this letter in 40 or maybe more years will be proud to say that our message is still up to date and that our goals have been met.
Tadeusz Kościński, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development: The XEOS investment in Środa Śląska is an outcome of the government’s consistent efforts to reduce economic disparities between regions. Choosing Poland to situate the latest aircraft engine service and overhaul centre is no coincidence. The well-developed infrastructure has definitely been very important, but even more are the skilled people and a stable economic situation. We are gradually becoming a European leader in acquiring greenfield investments in the area of state-of-the-art technologies.
Intensive works at the construction site
Work on the construction site began in early August 2017. The area has already been levelled whilst over 35.000 m3 of earth have been moved around the construction site. A large part of the foundations have been poured, too. In mid-October the first construction cranes are to join excavators on site to start constructing the skeleton of the building. Over 200 concrete columns constituting the skeleton of the plant, weighting up to 35 tons each will be erected. In total, approx 1700 tonnes of steel and a total of 20.000 m3 of concrete will be consumed during construction works.
The construction site for XEOS centre has the area of about 14 ha, that is approximately 20 football fields. In addition, the pipework and rainwater retention tank have the capacity of an Olympic-size swimming pool.
The rough framing work for the Main Building will be completed by March 2018. As soon as in Summer 2018 the first pieces of repair equipment will be brought in. According to the plan, the buildings will be handed over to the investor in December 2018, so that in spring 2019 the Centre could receive its first engines. The timely completion of the works is possible thanks to the involvement of several dozen subcontractors – Polish companies collaborating with the general contractor and up to 500 workers who had new jobs created owing to the project. Construction works are conducted in a two-shift system, from Monday to Saturday.
For the last 56 days since the construction work has been launched there has been no incident whatsoever occuring on the site. This is owing to top quality standards which are an inherent value for the joint venture companies – Lufthansa Technik and GE Aviation, the General Contractor, Budimex Company, and for PM Group company acting as the General Designer for the centre.
Latest-generation aircraft engines will be serviced in the XEOS Centre
The plant is intended primarily to service GEnx-2B engines, and in subsequent years also GE9X. Currently, 18 air operators worldwide have nearly 500 GEnx-2B engines in commercial use. The engines have totalled 5 million flight hours and obtained excellent operational results. Their technological sophistication has resulted in a lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions down by 15% compared to the GECF6 model.
GE9X engines, to be serviced in the plant from 2021, are the most advanced aircraft engines in their class. Although the formal certification process for these engines has yet to close in 2018, over 700 units have already been ordered by operators worldwide. GE9X engines continue to develop aircraft technology to higher efficiency in tandem with lower fuel consumption, meaning lower gas emission.
86 people already employed in XEOS, ultimately 600 new jobs
The opportunity to work with the foremost technologies in the aviation industry, together with extensive training and the international working environment created by two global brands – Lufthansa Technik and General Electric Aviation – has already and will be attractive to top-class specialists, engineers and students of technical faculties all over Poland. As for today, the Centre already employs 86 people, whilst this number is to increase to 100 by the end of this year. In spring 2019 when the plant is to be fully operational, there will be about 140 people working there. Ultimately, XEOS aims to create 600 new work places.
XEOS is investing 60.00 million PLN in staff training, and these funds will have been allocated to operate the Specialised Training Centre in Wrocław and multi-month trainings for employees.
TIME CAPSULE – The time capsule contains as follows:
From Thomas Böttger, XEOS Managing Director of Business and Stefan Schmuck, XEOS Managing Director of Operations:
- matrix of the memorial graphic designed by Marta Lech, the professor of Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, especially for XEOS Foundation Stone Event;
- letter for future generations – signed by XEOS Managing Directors;
- group photo of XEOS team taken at The Opening of Training Center in September 2017;
- Express Miejski – special release of local newspaper on September 27, 2017.
From Carsten Spohr – Chief Executive Officer at Lufthansa AG and Dr. Johannes Buβman – CEO at Lufthansa Technik:
- aircraft model of Boeing 747-8. All aircrafts of this type fly only with GEnx-2B engine. Exactly this model of engines will be serviced in future XEOS center.
From David Joyce – Vice Chair of GE and the President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Aviation and Jean Lydon-Rodgers – President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation Services:
- a small glass cube with the GEnx-2B etched onto it.
From Tadeusz Kościński – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Development:
- a CD with Chopin music recorded in space.
From Rolf Nikel – Ambassador of Germany in Poland:
- a booklet containing the Polish-German Treaties of November 14th, 1990 and June 17th,1991;
- a Fan-Shawl from the last international Football-Match Poland vs. Germany;
- a Boarding Card from the Ambassador’s recent Lufthansa flight from Warsaw to Frankfurt.
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