FACC launches American composites repair, maintenance business

Austrian aerocomposites specialist FACC has opened FACC Solutions Inc. in Wichita, KS, US, to expand the company's composites maintenance, repair and overhaul services for civil aircraft.

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FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) reported on April 13 that it is extending its activities in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of composites in civil aviation. FACC offers airlines and MRO companies a tailor-made service for maintenance activities and repairs on components and systems. For the purpose of expanding the company's global presence in repair and maintenance, another plant has been established in Wichita, KS, US in addition to the main factory in Austria.

FACC says the infrastructure in Austria and the US provides the company with the technical prerequisites for carrying out maintenance activities and repairs on the structural components of wings, tail units or engines, as well as in the aircraft cabin. Apart from the maintenance certifications (Part 145 for EASA, TCCA and FAA) that the company has had for years, and the approval attained last year as a design organization (EASA Part 21-J), FACC provides a range of maintenance services. Above and beyond the approved repair limitations, the company is now also authorized to independently develop and approve design solutions for repairs and modifications.

The new subsidiary in Wichita, FACC Solutions Inc., started operations in 2014. The company is building block in FACC's strategy of expanding its global presence and providing services close to the customer.

"Due to our extensive engineering and manufacturing expertise and longstanding collaboration with all the major aircraft manufacturers, we are a reliable partner for airlines and MRO stations when it comes to component maintenance," says Walter Stephan, CEO of FACC AG. "As an OEM supplier, we ensure that repair and maintenance activities are entirely in compliance with our customers' requirements. The use of designs, specifications, and tools of the original component, along with the availability of replacement parts, enables swift implementation and optimum pricing." 

"With the growing use of composite materials in aircraft construction, the demand for well qualified, highly efficient maintenance organizations is increasing in the USA. With the investments made and the network of FACC AG as its parent company, FACC Solutions Inc. has created an excellent position for itself in this market," says Dean Poor, president of FACC Solutions Inc. "Proximity to the customer, a high level of quality, reliability, and short lead times are the prerequisites for successful positioning in this expanding market."

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