Lufthansa Technik sinks $10 million into innovation

 - May 17, 2008, 5:24 AM

Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 447) is investing “around €10 million” in a new research-and-development center for its Cabin Innovation business unit at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters. Construction has already begun and the maintenance, completions and refurbishment giant expects to move into the 70,000-sq-ft, five-story facility in December this year.

In addition to offices, the center will feature testing laboratories and exhibition areas
for new products. “The new building will represent an expansion of Lufthansa Technik’s competence in the field of cabin innovation,” said group chairman August Henningsen. “We are paving the way for the long-term growth of the business unit in Hamburg.”
The core team at the Cabin Innovation division currently stands at slightly more than 60 people and is expected to grow to approximately 100. According
to the company, “Other positive effects on jobs will be generated through the supplier operations that will be settling in the building as well.” In all, Lufthansa
expects to employ as many as 200 engineers, designers and technicians there.