MTU Supplier Award

The ALMECON Technologie GmbH receives Supplier Award 2018 from MTU Aero Engines for outstanding performance in the category “innovation”; cooperation with research team of FH Südwestfalen brings the breakthrough.

Arnsberg. The engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines has awarded at the end of 2018, the supplier company ALMECON Technology GmbH. The Company from Arnsberg has developed an alternative, less expensive production process for heat shields for low-pressure turbines in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences South Westphalia. For this there was the Supplier Award 2018 for outstanding achievements in the category Innovation.

MTU Technology Board Lars Wagner praised:” This award is an important part of our supplier management and is awarded only for outstanding performance.” The heat shields are needed for engines that are used for example in the new Airbus A320neo. Through a project funded by the central innovation program for small and medium-sized companies, alternative production methods could be investigated together with the University of Applied Sciences South Westphalia. These should make it possible to produce such heat shields inexpensively on a high quality level. The designed process model was further developed by ALMECON for series production of the heat shields and established as a series production process. The heat shields produced in the Sauerland will be used worldwide in the future.

“Innovation is important to small businesses like us. Only in this way can we retain specialists from our own region and continue to realize exciting projects with international infl uence in the future,“ says managing partner Lorenz Vinke. ”This is a good example of how innovation can work.” The project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, has created two new jobs: with one employee each at the university and within the company. The task of the university team under Dr. Matthias Hermes, together with the team of company ALMECON, was to change a customary forming process to produce suitable trial profi les. „Through targeted research, we were able to develop an absolutely effi cient production process“, says Hermes.

For ALMECON, the positive results of the university represent a technological step forward. „Without the fi ndings, which were collected together at the university, we would not have had the courage to invest,“ said the second managing partner Wolfgang Weber.

Background

Clean air, noise reduction and lower kerosene consumption are currently environmental topics in the aerospace industry. The geared turbofan engine family of Pratt & Whitney and MTU power today‘s touring aircraft as well as next generation aircraft. The new engines provide double-digit percentage improvements in fuel economy, pollution- and noise emissions, as well as operating costs.

MTU Aero Engines AG, based in Munich, claims to be Germany‘s leading engine manufacturer and works with about 6300 suppliers from around the world together. MTU components are used in one third of the world‘s carrier aircraft. With around 10,000 employees, the company generated sales of around fi ve billion euros in 2017.

For ALMECON as a medium-sized company with 25 employees, the Supplier Award is an exceptional award. The company here prevails against 6300 existing suppliers of the company MTU Aero Engines AG in relation to the innovations provided. ALMECON Technologie GmbH is based in Arnsberg as a supplier and service provider with a focus on the aerospace industry.

Aviation is one of the most quality-conscious industries in the world. ALMECON specializes in high welding requirements, such as safety-related and highly stressed parts in aerospace industry. The own tool making, innovative welding technology, mechanical processing and forming technology guarantee absolute control over the highest quality right from the start.