MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading aircraft engine manufacturer, will build a new factory in Jasionka, near Rzeszow, located in the Podkarpackie Science Technology Park (PSTP). According to Richard Maier, the MTU Aero Engines project director, the entire investment will be worth 70 mln euro and 400 workers will eventually find a job there.
The factory is scheduled to open with about 100 workers. By 2012 this number will increase to 400, with 100 of them being engineers. Among the functions of the factory will be the design and production of stator blades and moving blades for low-pressure turbines, together with their installation and the repair of parts.
“We’ve decided to locate our new plant in Rzeszow, as this region has a well-developed industrial base, including businesses from the aviation industry and large reserves of well-qualified specialists,” said Richard Maier, the MTU Aero Engines project director. “The whole process, from design, through production and finally repairs, will take place at one location.”
The Podkarpackie Science Technology Park is one of 10 such parks co-financed by the Sectoral Operational Program “Improvement of the Competitiveness of Enterprises.” The park near Rzeszow is at a significant communication junction in the third Pan-European East-West Transport Corridor. The fact that the region borders with Ukraine and Slovakia increases Rzeszow’s importance as a business center. The technology park’s first stage being developed for investors covers 123 hectares. Eventually the park will cover 400 hectares.
The nearby Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport is the easternmost airport of the EU and the only civil airport in southeastern Poland.
MTU Aero Engines was founded in 1960. Its customers are manufacturers and operators of engines and industrial gas turbines around the world. MTU is short for Motoren und Turbinen Union. It employs more than 7,000 workers throughout the world. In 2006 MTU’s revenue was 2.4 bln euro.