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August 2007 edition

Eurocopter re-engineers blade plant

Eurocopter says total re-engineering of its blade plant in Germany will cut lead times and optimise the production process.

"Both the EC135 and EC145 programmes are subject to high increases in orders, as part of civil and military procurement," explains Bert Stegkemper, executive vp global supply chain, Eurocopter.

"Therefore, we needed to enlarge our capacities for serial production and maintenance in short-term by up to 40 per cent." He described the exercise to re-design and enlarge the blade production and repair centre to accompany a heavy ramp-up for light twin engine helicopter programmes as "a major milestone."

Eurocopter has increased space and dedicated tooling at its modernised and en....

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