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Saturday, January 1, 2005

Rotocraft Report: With Eye on Customers, Turbomeca Alters Organization, Overhauls African Facility

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With Eye on Customers, Turbomeca Alters Organization, Overhauls African Facility

As part of an ongoing efforts to improve its service to (and standing with) customers, Turbomeca has created a new division to reinforce and coordinate a campaign to optimize its production process.

The company created a new Production Div., attached to its Operations Div., to improve production processes as well as coordinate all assembly activities at the company's international sites. It named Pierre-Yves Morvan, former deputy vice-president operations, to head the new division as vice-president production. Morvan joined Turbomeca in Bordes in 1990 and worked in the production department until 1995. In 2002, he became head of the commercial department in Turbomeca's Operator Support Div.

Also, Turbomeca President and CEO Emeric d'Arcimoles will stand in as head of the Operations Div. pending the appointment of a replacement for Philippe Catt鬠who was called to another post within the Snecma group, Turbomeca's parent company.

In a related move, Turbomeca has revamped and upgraded the facilities, machine-tools and heavy maintenance workshops at its South African engine service center, Turbomeca Africa Pty Ltd. with an eye toward strengthening its competitiveness and the services offered to customers.

Turbomeca Africa's 300-person workforce repairs and overhauls Turbomeca and Snecma engines and accessories. Workers there also manufacture complete gear and casing assemblies for several elements of the Snecma Group and other international powerplant makers, such General Electric and Rolls-Royce. The facility at Kempton Park, Johannesburg is the only service center for Turbomeca products on the African continent.

Turbomeca Africa is a two-year-old joint venture of Turbomeca and the South Africa's arms maker Denel. Denel owns 49 percent of the operation, while Turbomeca owns 51 percent.

Denel CEO Victor Moche said the facility is intended to become a "center of excellence for engine manufacturing."

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