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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Company Profile: Turbomeca: Dedicated to Turboshaft Engines for Helicopters

Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low-to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. When its joint programs with other manufacturers are factored in, Turbomeca is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer in the international market.

The company’s goal is to provide a full range of services conveniently close to customers, wherever they may operate. It also designs and builds turbine engines for training aircraft and missiles.

Latest News: While celebrating its 70th anniversary, Turbomeca launched a new site on American soil: Turbomeca Manufacturing Inc. in North Carolina. This very first production site outside of France will be dedicated to turbine parts manufacturing and will be operational in 2008.

The Engines

Ranging from 450 to 3,000 shp, Turbomeca turbines power civil, para-public and defense helicopters for all leading helicopter manufacturers. Despite this variety, all of these turbines benefit from Turbomeca’s emphasis on leading-edge technology that is carefully designed, rigorously tested, and meticulously manufactured.

"The importance we attach to investment in R&D enables our customers to benefit from the latest technology with a real potential for improved power ratings," explains Turbomeca CEO and Chairman Emeric d’Arcimoles. "After the sale is done, we support our customers with top quality service, to ensure that their engines continue to provide peak performance and retain their book value."

The Service

At Turbomeca, we are constantly putting in place opportunities for open dialogue with our customers, this allows us to:

  • Be highly responsive to their after-market service requirements

  • Keep close track of their evolving needs

  • Adjust accordingly through continued and flexible improvement processes

We want to ensure that the service we give to our customers is at the same level of excellence as our products.

The goal of our after-market service is to better understand, meet and exceed individual expectations.

Our ultimate objective is to develop products and services that contribute to helping our customers focus on their core business: Flying.

In the past five years, Turbomeca has added 15 local TurboSupport Centers -- notably three in the USA -- a 24/7 network of three strategically located Technical Engineering centers, and a user’s online MRO tracking web service (T.O.O.L.S.). In the same period, the company expanded the number of its Field Representatives from 15 to 40.

The company’s repair and overhaul network capacity has dramatically increased. Its regional units now operate more autonomously, enabling work to be directed where it can be most quickly accomplished.

The Company

Turbomeca serves 2,200 customers in 150 countries.

Turbomeca is part of the Propulsion branch of the SAFRAN Group, a high-technology group. Turbomeca also has two subsidiaries: Microturbo, a specialist in turbo-reactors for missiles; and CGTM, dedicated to in-flight testing and maintenance.

Thanks to Turbomeca’s continuing investment in R&D, commitment to global service, and quality design and manufacturing facilities, Turbomeca helicopter engines are the choice of AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, HAL and Sikorsky. Just connect to www.turbomeca.com to find out more!

For more information: Turbomeca

64511 Bordes Cedex FRANCE

Phone: +33 (0)5 59 12 50 00

Fax: +33 (0)5 59 12 52 00

www.turbomeca.com

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