Cavotec Germany unveils new GSE production facility

Last week, Cavotec Germany hosted an open day at its new, state-of-the-art production facility and office space just outside Frankfurt.  

Spick and span on the factory floor

The Dietzenbach-based premises, just 20km from Frankfurt Airport, are the new home for Cavotec Fladung and Cavotec Germany. Cavotec Fladung designs and manufactures advanced in-ground aircraft support equipment used at airports all over the world.

The new production facility optimises production processes, with clearly defined areas for specific activities and gantry systems to ensure the safe and efficient transfer of products around the factory floor. The new site also leaves room for the company to continue to grow in the years ahead.

Precision at work: a Cavotec engineer works on an electrical connector

Cavotec Germany Managing Director, Thomas Dreyer; and Cavotec CEO, Ottonel Popesco spoke at the event, before attendees were taken on guided tours around the site. Guests included customers, suppliers and Cavotec staff.

The event, held every two years, also includes product demonstrations and presentations on Cavotec technologies. The following day, employees’ families were invited to the site to see where their families work. Although on this day, the emphasis was rather more on the bouncy castle than pre-conditioned air systems!

This year’s occasion was well-received by all those present, and we look forward to holding a similar event again in 2014.


Jet technology quietly powers up and pollutes less

While many aircraft manufacturers are using lighter weight materials in a bid to reduce fuel consumption, and thus emissions, engine designer Pratt & Whitney, has developed a jet engine that they say cuts fuel use by up to 15 percent.

The Pure Power PW1000G differs from many current aircraft engines, by having an enlarged fan that generates more thrust, thus reducing fuel consumption and cutting CO2 and NOx emissions. Furthermore, the designers say that the engine also reduces noise pollution.

A cross-section of the PW1000G. Photo credit: Pratt & Whitney

There are currently some 400 PW1000Gs on order, primarily for use on regional aircraft, with the first units scheduled to enter service in 2013. Analysis of test data recorded on trials with larger aircraft is ongoing.

We’re excited to see such advances for aircraft in the air, just as Cavotec continues to develop its technologies for aircraft on the ground; one of which, our PCAir system, allows parked aircraft to switch off their engines altogether – even PW1000Gs.

For regular updates on the PW1000G, check out its twitter page. And if you didn’t already know, Cavotec also tweets on a regular basis.


Cavotec to supply the Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain Airport, photo credit: Bahrain-Attractions.com

Bahrain Airport, photo credit: Bahrain-Attractions.com

The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as represented by the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), has selected Cavotec to supply and integrate a range of environmentally friendly ground service equipment for remote aircraft aprons at Bahrain International Airport, in a deal worth more than EUR 30 million.

The product and technological scope of the order is especially broad. With 18 of Cavotec’s pre-conditioned air (PCAir) systems forming the centrepiece of the project, Cavotec will also deliver and install pop-up units, transformer sub-stations, 400Hz power supply systems, a Vacuum Evacuation System, a blue water supply system and a potable water supply system. The installation work is due for completion in February 2011 with a subsequent operation and maintenance period for one year.

While the Cavotec PCAir system itself is a new and ground-breaking system, the concept draws together proven and tested engineering expertise from, among others, Alfa Laval, Atlas Copco and Fladung. The well-known company Dar Al-Handasah, one of the world’s leading international consultancies in the airport market, was appointed to handle all contractual and technical specifications surrounding this multi-layered order.

This order is a key element of the Bahrain Airport’s USD 4.7 billion expansion programme designed to cater for the projected growth in passenger and freight numbers. The expansion, planned over the next 30 years, will triple passenger capacity to 27 million a year. Two new terminals will be opened in the next four years as part of the expansion. Bahrain’s expansion programme will see the creation of 110 aircraft stands, including 87 with contact gates. Bahrain International Airport currently hosts 42 airlines and is home to Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Bahrain Air.

The Bahrain Airport Company is wholly owned by Bahrain Mumtalakat Holdings, the investment arm of the Bahrain government, and is responsible for Bahrain International Airport and its related services.

BAC’s long-standing commitment to ‘green’ technologies and the environment has driven systems selection for this project. BAC’s proactive stance on this advanced project comes as interest intensifies ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The conference, which runs from December 7 to December 18, will seek to establish new agreements for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol. While estimates put the aviation industry’s contribution to green house gas emissions at around two percent of global emissions, the industry is already taking voluntary steps to reduce this level. BAC’s initiatives are a prime example of these efforts and we are proud to be a part of the movement.


In two weeks time

…you will find Cavotec at Stand A90, Outdoor Area of the 17th Annual inter airport Europe exhibition.image001 From October 6 – 9, the inter airport Europe exhibition will be the airport industry’s international meeting point for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The show encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services.

From Cavotec, we will have representatives from the entire Airport Market Unit – Cavotec Dabico, Cavotec Fladung and Cavotec Meyerinck – all of which are market-leaders in the design and manufacture of in-ground fuel systems, airport refueling systems and advanced in-ground utility systems, respectively.  At inter airport Europe, Cavotec Fladung will be presenting an “APU free” airport concept, which will help to reduce carbon emissions.

See you there!


Stand A90, Outdoor Area

image001at the 17th annual inter airport Europe exhibition is where you will find us October 6 – 9, 2009.  The inter airport Europe exhibition is the airport industry’s international meeting point for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The show encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services.

As such, representatives from our Airport Market Unit are already confirmed to attend. The Market Unit is comprised of three of our Centres of Excellence – Cavotec Dabico, Cavotec Fladung and Cavotec Meyerinck – all of which are market-leaders in the design and manufacture of in-ground fuel systems, airport refueling systems and advanced in-ground utility systems, respectively.  At inter airport Europe, Cavotec Fladung will be presenting an “APU free” airport concept, which will help to reduce carbon emissions.

We are excited about inter airport Europe; the previous exhibition in 2007 was a record event, with more than 600 exhibitors and some 13,000 visitors from all over the world.  This coming October, inter airport will be held at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.

Will we see you there?


Cavotec pop-up supply pits for Tianjin Airbus assembly line

The Tianjin Airbus joint venture company has ordered 12 Cavotec Fladung Pop-Up Pits to service aircraft at its A320 assembly line at the Chinese port city of Tianjin, southwest of Beijing.

The contract follows an initial order for six Pop-Up systems at Tianjin. The assembly line is a joint venture between Airbus and Tianjin Zhongtian Aviation Industry Investment Company, a consortium of the China Aviation Corporation and the Tianjin Bonded Zone Investment Company.

Production of the A320 is scheduled to start at Tianjin in August this year.