Turbomeca, September 05, 2012 - Xerém, Brazil - Turbomeca do Brasil (Safran group), in Brazil since 1977, celebrates the expansion of its site based in Xerém, Rio de Janeiro State. These new installations will house the new assembly line and tests of the Makila 2 engine and of the Auxiliary Power Unit Saphir 20. These engines and units, designed for both civilian and military EC225/725 helicopters, will be operated for the Brazilian market and more generally Latin America.
A company strengthening their proximity to customers in a growing market These investments in the Rio de Janeiro region meet the Turbomeca commitments in the frame of the contract to acquire 50 EC725 helicopters signed in 2009 by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.
Thanks to this investment, Turbomeca do Brasil will deliver to Helibras (a Eurocopter subsidiary) the Makila 2A engines and Auxiliary Power Units Saphir 20 that will be installed on the new EC725 of the Brazilian Armed Forces built in the new Helibras facility in Itajuba. Furthermore, Turbomeca do Brasil will maintain and overhaul all Makila 2 engines already operating in the region for military and offshore missions.
“This expansion is the result of the important growth of the helicopter market in Brazil and in Latin America and of our commitment to bring the closest support to our civil and military customers”, states François Haas, president of Turbomeca do Brasil.
Turbomeca do Brasil signed in 2011 a GSP (Global Support Package) contract with the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, to cover the support of the Makila 2A gas turbines, operated by all three Brazilian Armed Forces and the Presidential transportation group.
Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 69 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,450 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 17 sites, 18 Maintenance Centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, 24 Service Cetners and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.