Zeppelin Group boosts its aviation expertise in Friedrichshafen

23.05.2018, Friedrichshafen

Broader portfolio under a new name                                                     

The Zeppelin Group is expanding the nationwide presence of Zeppelin Plant Engineering’s business unit Quality Service. By doing so and in order to stay abreast of the constant developments in aerospace expertise and the growing service spectrum, the business unit has been renamed Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service. In June 2018, the company will open its doors at a new location near the Cologne Bonn airport, where various facilities such as a modern training center for the aviation industry are being installed.

For one year now, The Zeppelin Group’s strategic business unit Plant Engineering has been extending its service range for the aviation industry. At the end of April, it introduced its new business unit Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service (formerly Quality Service) to the industry experts at the ILA (international aerospace exhibition) in Berlin. Harald Schneider, head of the business unit, and its team provided customers and prospects with information on the extended range of services. “The visitors showed a concrete and diversified interest in our services. This proves to us that our portfolio definitely meets their requirements,” Schneider observed. Even Katrin Schütz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing of the state of Baden-Württemberg, spent time with the team of specialists to enquire about the range of services.

Broader portfolio under a new name

“By renaming our business unit, we not only want to highlight our specific competence in aviation manufacturing and testing, but we also want to demonstrate that our expertise enables us to create sophisticated solutions for sophisticated products even in other branches,” Schneider explains. The key novelties in the portfolio of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service are the serial production of aircraft components, the enhancements in material testing for test services directly on the aircraft (on-wing testing) and the experts’ flexible availability from three German locations in the future – Friedrichshafen, Cologne and Hamburg – as well as mobile services at the customer’s site upon request. Tests in co-operation with BIS Inspection Service GmbH, a subsidiary of Zeppelin Rental GmbH, will be carried out on the aircraft at the Airbus plant in Hamburg Finkenwerder. The facility in Cologne will be completely new. “With our enlarged team of expert aviation test engineers we provide our customers with extraordinarily high flexibility and extremely short reaction times,” Schneider points out.

As we speak, preparations are running at full speed for the first training for aviation test engineers at the new location on the Sankt Augustin campus near the Cologne Bonn airport. The training facility for material testing processes in the aviation industry is the first sector to be operational at the new location from June 2018. Other workshop rooms for testing services will follow. From now on, trainings for five different test procedures will be carried out in compliance with aviation standards in Friedrichshafen and Cologne.

Customers of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service include companies in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, railway and medical technology. The tasks of the 60 employees include the development and production of welded constructions and all tasks related to quality assurance. Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service also runs a training center for the aviation industry. For more information: www.zeppelin-systems.com.

Caption: Having a talk at the ILA (from left): Professor Dr.-Ing. Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers, Chairman Forum Aerospace Baden-Württemberg e.V., Katrin Schütz, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Housing of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Harald Schneider, Head of Zeppelin Aviation & Industrial Service, Jürgen Schäfer, Member of the Executive Board at Baden-Württemberg International.