Friday, November 6, 2015
As Market Bottoms, Turbomeca Invests in Future
Globally, the helicopter market “is more at the bottom than at the top,” Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. “In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market.” That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved customer satisfaction. “We have a positive view of the market in the medium to long term,” with emerging demand in India, China and Russia driving growth for the next 10 to 15 years. “It will boom,” said Even, who on June 15 succeeded Olivier Andriès in leading Turbomeca. Noting that Turbomeca is the only engine maker focused entirely on rotorcraft, he added that “one of the key aspects is innovation.” The company’s TECH3000 demonstrator is aimed at developing and maturing technologies for next-generation 2,500- to 3,000-shp-class engines to power new 15,000- to 33,000-lb. rotorcraft. It also aims to investigate for twin engines a hybrid configuration that would allow one engine to shift to a “sleep” mode in certain mission profiles, with an electric power source to awake that engine to produce power. Even said Turbomeca also is investing in customer satisfaction “at the end of the loop and the beginning of the loop,” including work on further improving engine reliability.