MTU Aero-engines and Oerlikon sign five year R&D partnership


Oerlikon and MTU Aero Engines have entered a five-year partnership to develop materials and coatings for aero-engines.

The agreement which was signed at the Paris Air Show this week will see the German engine-maker and the Switzerland-based components manufacturer work to further optimize the efficiency and sustainability of engine parts.

The partnership will focus on the development of coatings and materials for engine parts for aspects of manufacturing such as automation, digitization, and for the maintenance sector.

Key areas will be the use of additive manufacturing (AM) to produce engine parts and the use of AM materials that can withstand higher temperatures and pressures.

Silke Maurer, chief operating officer of MTU Aero Engines said, “Coatings are becoming increasingly important in engine manufacturing. They are a key success factor because they enable engines to be designed even more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly manner.

“This partnership brings together two experts who are working together to develop innovative surface solutions for technologically sophisticated engine parts.”

Sven Hicken, chief technology officer of Oerlikon Surface Solutions said, “This long-term agreement is a sign of the trust MTU has in our surface technologies. With our expertise in high-end surface solutions, materials and advanced manufacturing technologies, we can deliver a vertically integrated approach that improves engine fuel efficiency and thus contributes to the sustainability of the entire industry,”

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