Liebherr poised to open repair shop in China

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Switzerland-headquartered engineering group Liebherr is preparing to open an aerospace component repair shop in China.

The new MRO facility will become operational over the next few months, says Francis Niss, president of Liebherr's Toulouse-based aerospace and transportation division.

It will focus on the manufacturer's air-management and flight-control systems, although capabilities will be gradually built up in phases.

Landing-gear overhauls are not planned for the new site, however.

Niss says that landing gears will be overhauled only at the manufacturing facility in Lindenberg, Germany, and the company's US repair shop in Saline, Michigan, in the foreseeable future.

The latter plant is developing MRO capabilities for the landing gears of Embraer 170/190 series aircraft as a result of the regional jet family's large fleet in North America. Many of these aircraft are now reaching an age where the equipment needs to be overhauled.

The main driver for Liebherr's MRO business has thus far been support for the manufacturer's air-management systems, followed by flight-control and actuation equipment, says Niss.