Eurocopter has opened a new global logistics facility in Les Florides industrial park near its production plant in Marignane in the south of France. It joins a logistics distribution system that includes facilities in Donauwörth, Germany; Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France; and Hong Kong as well as customer service centers in both Hong Kong and Dallas.
Eurocopter broke ground early last month in Donauwörth, Germany for a new integrated development center, due to be completed next year. The 320,000-sq ft building will be adjacent to the existing helicopter factory. It will employ about 900 people, including those who will relocate from the Ottobrunn site.
Eurocopter is beefing up Shape, the reorganization plan it unveiled last October. Reacting to sluggish demand, the company has increased spending on research and development, closed one site, redefined executive responsibilities and planned job cuts.
Eurocopter will install flight training devices, including six-axis, full-motion simulators for the EC 135 light twin, at its Donauwörth, Germany, and Dallas training facilities. Installation work should take place in the last quarter; certification is pegged for March, to JAR-STD2H level 3 and FAA Part 60 FTD level 6 standards. The simulators are being developed by CAE and Indra in cooperation with Eurocopter.