Oerlikon and MTU Aero Engines sign development agreement

Oerlikon and MTU Aero Engines have signed a deal to collaborate on the further development of engine components, materials, and surface technologies for aircraft engines.

At the Paris Air Show, the two companies – represented by Sven Hicken (CTO of Oerlikon Surface Solutions) and Silke Maurer (COO at MTU Aero Engines) – signed a five-year agreement to this effect. Both partners will contribute their technological know-how and industry expertise to further optimise efficiency and sustainability of engine components.

The collaboration aims to address the areas of future coatings and materials and cover various aspects, including automation, digitisation, and the associated industrialisation for both series applications (OEM business) and the maintenance sector (maintenance, repair and overhaul).

On behalf of MTU Aero Engines, Maurer explained: "Coatings are becoming increasingly important in engine manufacturing. They are a key success factor because they enable engines to be designed even more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly manner. This partnership brings together two experts who are working together to develop innovative surface solutions for technologically sophisticated engine components."

With this partnership, Oerlikon strengthens its position in the field of advanced materials and surface technologies for the aerospace industry.

Hicken added: "This long-term agreement is a sign of the trust MTU has in our surface technologies. With our expertise in high-end surface solutions, materials and advanced manufacturing technologies, we can offer the industry a vertically integrated approach to improve engine fuel efficiency and thus contribute to sustainability.”



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