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Lufthansa Technik opens new cabin innovation centre

Lufthansa Technik has officially inaugurated its new research and development centre for its ‘Cabin Innovation’ business unit.

The new building represents an investment of nearly €10 million. In addition to offices, the centre features test laboratories and exhibition areas for new products.

“This new facility marks an expansion of Lufthansa Technik’s expertise in the field of cabin innovation while also paving the way for the long-term growth of this business unit,” said August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik.

“The new innovation centre will allow us to further expand our position as innovative supplier of products related to the cabin both for airlines and VIP and business jet customers,” said Bernhard Conrad, head of design organisation and innovation and chief technology officer of Lufthansa Technik.

Cabin Innovation’s core team at Lufthansa Technik currently comprises around 60 staff. That figure is set to climb to 100 at the new cabin innovation centre. Further positive effects on jobs are being generated by the supplier operations that are also being incorporated in the building. All in all, the centre is set to employ around 200 people.

Test facilities to monitor the airworthiness of new products (pre-compliance tests) have been installed in a ‘qualification lab’, including an environmental testing chamber and equipment to ensure electromagnetic compatibility, as well as vibration and crash test facilities. Lufthansa Technik’s existing Office of Airworthiness and IP-Management have also moved into the new building.

Photo: Gregor Schläger/Lufthansa Technik AG

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