AFI KLM E&M has used the opportunity of a regrouping of several activities at Paris-CDG airport to develop and upgrade its composites industrial base.
Paris Le Bourget, Amstelveen, 19 June 2013 - AFI KLM E&M embarked on a project to build a new unit devoted to aerostructures at its facilities at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, in Val d'Oise department. The Group currently has aerostructures shops in Amsterdam at Schiphol Airport and Paris at Le Bourget airport. Launched in 2012, the move is part of a wider project to group all AFI KLM E&M activities based in the north of Paris on a single site, and to upgrade the composite and aerostructure offer on the Amsterdam hub.
The future CDG aerostructures shop will be located in a 20,000m2 building on a 4.5-hectare site facing AFI KLM E&M's A380 hangar. The plans for the building, to be High Environmental Quality (HQE) certified, are currently being drawn up. Calls for tender for the construction will go out in late 2013, with the construction phase scheduled to last around 13 months, for a delivery target in summer 2015.
More services and shorter TAT
Implementation of this industrial project is in line with the objectives of the AIR FRANCE KLM strategic Transform 2015 plan, aimed at modernization and the quest for higher performance. With the introduction of new aircraft types, composite technologies need to be adjusted and more and more directly implemented on the aircraft itself. AFI KLM E&M is therefore clearly accelerating the already engaged turn from sheet metal and component overhaul to composite specialists. The new unit is slated to halve Turn Around Times (TATs).
Michel Bruet, AFI VP Aerostructures, confirmed that "today, our clients are looking for support services offering guaranteed quality in the shortest possible timeframes. In view of this, moving to CDG takes us closer to the aircraft and will accordingly mean optimum responsiveness vis-à-vis our clients."
The new investment will also help AFI KLM E&M extend its range of aerostructures products and services and carry out R&D projects to develop new high value-added solutions for clients.