Goodrich and Turkish Technic firm up MRO JV

Goodrich Corporation and Turkish Technic have signed all appropriate agreements related to the formation of a joint venture company to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Istanbul, Turkey.

The joint venture company, known as Goodrich Turkish Technic Service Center, will provide nacelle, thrust reverser and related component services including rotable support. The centre will provide services for the Airbus and Boeing fleets of Turkish Airlines and other carriers in Turkey and neighbouring regional fleets. The two companies announced their intention to form this joint venture in November 2007.

Site selection is currently under way for the JV’s facility, which will be located near the Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul. Initial plans call for the facility to be approximately 20,000 square feet with the option to double in size. The facility will initially employ about 20 people with plans to expand to more than 70 employees within 10 years. The facility is expected to be operational in the first quarter 2011.

"The Goodrich Turkish Technic Service Center will meet the needs of Turkish Airlines by providing a local maintenance solution for the airline’s growing fleet," said Goodrich Aerostructures Aftermarket Services vice president and general manager Bob Gustafson. "The new facility also extends the Goodrich MRO global footprint and allows us to provide all carriers in the region with customer-focused benefits, such as reduced costs and turnaround times."

The joint venture will make full use of Turkish Technic’s already-extensive MRO capabilities. "We are combining our technical expertise and perfection with the global Goodrich reputation for excellence in order to be the leading nacelle, thrust reverser and related component service provider in our region within a short time," explained Turkish Technic general manager Dr Ismail Demir. "With this agreement, we are once again proving Istanbul to be an important maintenance and repair hub both for Turkey and surrounding international market."

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