“When a giant such as MTU decides to expand its capacities and opens a new facility, this also means that our Serbia is changing and developing unstoppably at a fast pace,” Vucic said, according to a company press release dated Oct. 7. “This is one of the most significant German investments in our country, and I’m grateful to our German friends who have recognized the importance of safe investment and business environment they have here.
“We will continue to work even harder on the development of global standards in terms of business conditions that large companies such as MTU need and most certainly deserve,” Vucic added. “We will justify the trust of German investors by working even harder, in order to take pride in the new achievements in the period to come together.”
The 39,000 square-meter facility should mean an additional 400 hires over the coming years, according to the company. MTU has also developed an aviation academy in Belgrade, with this becoming a leading training center for aviation professions developed together with the Serbian Ministry of Education. The company added that the first MTU Maintenance Serbia specialists have already been trained. Moreover, they undergo an intensive on-the-job training at MTU locations in Germany and Poland.
MTU plans to start operations at the new site in December 2022, only 17 months after the start of construction.
MTU Maintenance Serbia d.o.o. is a fully owned subsidiary of MTU, a leading engine manufacturer and one of the world’s largest providers of aircraft engine maintenance services. The site in Nova Pazova is projected to become a “vital part of the global MTU Maintenance network and is set up for the repair of engine parts,” the company said.
Michael Schreyögg, MTU Aero Engines’ chief program officer, noted that the new facility will aid the company’s worldwide flexibility.
“The additional MRO capacity in Serbia will further improve our strong and flexible network, and boost our ability to offer competitive services in the global market,” he said. “Just as at all our other sites, customers can count on our consistently high quality and reliability. We also greatly appreciate the excellent support and partnership of the Serbian government. This enabled us to complete the construction in a consequent manner and at an extraordinarily fast pace – for the benefit of our customers and partners.”
Photo: Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia, Anke Konrad, German ambassador to Serbia, Rainer Becker, CEO MTU Maintenance Serbia, and Michael Schreyögg, Chief Program Officer MTU Aero Engines, (left to right) at the Grand Opening of the new facility in Serbia