Aircraft Maintenance Technology

MAR 2018

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AgustaWestland, Boeing, Bombardier, COMAC, and Sukhoi. The portfolio includes landing gear as well as flight control and actuation systems for all kinds of aircraft. Next stop was the Liebherr-Aerospace's plant in Friedrichshafen. This site at Lake Constance has been part of Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH since 1999; purchased from the ZF. Here Liebherr manufactures bevel gears and precision gear wheels and develop helicopter gearboxes. This plant is also a direct supplier to Airbus Helicopters, ZF Luftfahrttechnik, and Rolls-Royce Germany. First stop in France was Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, which is one of 11 divisional control companies within the Liebherr Group and which coordinates all activities in the aerospace and transportation systems sectors. This site was in 2014 expanded with a new logistics center. The next stop was Liebherr-Aerospace in Campsas. This expanded factory near Toulouse was inaugurated just days after our visit. The site specializes in manufacturing mechanical precision parts for air management systems and uses ALD technology. LIEBHERR HAS A UNIQUE FEELING Walking from the conference room to the adjacent new productions buildings in Lindenberg, COO Josef Gropper said to me — pointing to the old administrative building we just left – something that deeply impressed me: "This is an old building and outdated, but we invest our money not in offices but in production halls, new machines, newest technologies, and (most important) in good employees." At first I was reluctant to completely believe in this but after the tour and after the visit of four production sites in Germany and France I can subscribe to it. LIEBHERR AEROSPACE Lindenberg GmbH. BELOW: THE family shareholders active in the group (from left to right): Patricia Ruef, Stefanie Wohlfarth, Jan Liebherr, Sophie Albrecht, Isolde Liebherr, and Willi Liebherr. IMAGES COURTESY OF LIEBHERR AEROSPACE

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