Lufthansa Technik, Pepperl+Fuchs announce new JV

January 27, 2018

German companies Lufthansa Technik and Pepperl+Fuchs have founded an equally owned joint venture called 3D.aero.

The aim of this new company is to research, develop and sell innovative automation solutions for the aviation industry. Furthermore, it will work on solutions for the digitalisation of workshops. Its headquarters are at the ZAL TechCenter in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, one of the largest and most modern aviation research centers in the world. This location will enable 3D.aero to network with other aviation companies.

Besides industrial workshop and factory automation solutions, 3D.aero will also offer the application of optical measuring devices, digital inspection and image processing applications and related consulting services.

'We are delighted to have won Pepperl+Fuchs, a leading manufacturer of electronic components and sensors for factory and process automation, as a partner. This will enable us to keep pursuing our Industry 4.0 strategy and use this know-how for our processes and products,' said Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, senior vice president Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik.

While 3D.aero was founded as part of a concrete project at the Engine Services division, it will however serve all Lufthansa Technik divisions as well as other companies in the aviation industry.

For Pepperl+Fuchs, this is another milestone in its expansion strategy. 'Thanks to this joint venture, we are now able to apply our long-term expertise in industrial automation in the aviation industry as well. So we are especially looking forward to our close collaboration with Lufthansa Technik,' said Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs.

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