CRMA, an AFI KLM E&M subsidiary and acknowledged specialist in the repair of engine parts and aircraft components, commemorates its first 60 years in 2017, as it launches an ambitious expansion plan.
Paris, Amstelveen, 21 September 2017 - In August 1957, the Construction et Réparation de Matériel Aéronautique company was born out of the merger of two historic French aviation industry businesses, engine maker Salmson and Avions Voisin, and established its headquarters at Issy-les-Moulineaux on the outskirts of Paris.
Sixty years later, the modest repair shop has become a key player on the global MRO market, reputed for its know-how on high value-added products based on state-of-the-art facilities and expert personnel.
Excellence the guiding principle
Specializing in the regeneration of mechanical components, engine assembly repairs and component maintenance, CRMA became part of the Air France group in 1992, when it moved to a cutting-edge facility at Elancourt, South West of Paris. Over the years, it gained a reputation as a leading supplier of benchmark MRO services for a wide range of international companies, and for its excellence and exacting standards, both in operational terms for the quality and reliability of its services, and in relational terms towards its customers' requirements.
In addition to its dedication and trademark excellence, CRMA counts innovation among its core values, pursuing a continuous repair development policy for the benefit of its customers.
25% additional capacity
Today, and after successfully completing a large number of insourcing projects for new parts and engine assemblies, especially in the field of Very Big Engines (VBE), CRMA is still growing. CRMA recently developed capabilities for GEnx engines, powering the Boeing 787, and is currently industrializing Rolls Royce engine part repairs, including for the A350's Trent XWB powerplant. To keep pace with growth in its business activities and in its clientele, CRMA has launched project Apollo to extend its capacity and climb to ever higher altitudes. After investing some 8 million euros, CRMA will see a 25% boost to its industrial capacity, including 2,500sq.m. of additional surface area and new, ultra-modern equipment. The new capacity is scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2018. Which means that, at almost 61, CRMA will be getting a new lease of life!
Benjamin Moreau, CEO of CRMA, said: "If our company has, in the space of sixty years, managed to forge for itself this image of excellence in the service of its customers, it is above all because it is driven by men and women who are passionate about what they do and are experts in their field. CRMA staff each day channel their technical expertise and work together to imagine and implement ever more effective solutions. This is one of the outstanding features of CRMA, which is continually handed down from one generation to the next, in line with major development projects like Apollo."
CRMA is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIR FRANCE and employs a staff of experimented mechanics, technicians and engineers. CRMA engagement and values are essentially based on industrial and technical excellence of products and services, guaranteeing the operational safety of airlines. CRMA offers service quality by a dynamic relationship with its customers through a dedicated team and company-wide customer awareness and its continuous effort to stay ahead by a pro-active repair development strategy. CRMA is the first MRO shop in the world repairing the whole GE90-94 combustion chamber in house and is in charge of CF6, CFM56, GE90 GP7200 engine parts and modules repair and aircraft equipment overhaul. Major parts, modules & equipment, combustors, TCF modules, casings, rotating seals, honeycomb brazed parts, booster vanes, VBV systems, electrical harnesses, aircraft brakes and galley inserts. Major high technical processes: Thermal spray processes, Vacuum heat treatment, Laser drilling and welding, Water jet stripping, Shot peening, Electro Discharge Machining, Non Destructive Tests, Room Temperature Vulcanizing, Welding, Chemical stripping.