A fire broke out at Premium Aerotec, an Airbus subsidiary in Augsburg, Germany, this past week on Friday, causing millions of euros of damage to the building and equipment. Initial reports from media and eye witnesses indicate the fire broke out in a surface treatment area and rapidly spread to nearby goods. Luckily, at that time, no one was present in the building, leaving no injuries behind, nonetheless, hundreds of fire-fighters spent the night in the heat combatting the blaze until the situation came under control.
Fire at Airbus: the impact on production
The local police and the ‘Airbus’ are on the move to investigate the causes of fire, with their focus on workplace conditions, safety, and any other intentional acts. According to the spokesperson for Premium Aerotec, the company is in a difficult position and has decided to delay all Airbus models. Being a primary supplier for the Airbus, Premium Aerotec has no choice but to delay and scramble the backup plan into place.
The company specializes in producing aircraft sections and fuselage equipment for Airbus commercial offering, including the A350 and A400M, said the spokesperson. This pioneering facility has also produced award winning composite components and titanium for the aforementioned aircrafts. The spokesperson further stated, the company has outlined the delays may last several months before the aircraft parts at the plant could be completely manufactured and installed into the jet.
There are more than 4000 workers employed at the plant, and the company has to utilize them to get things up and running on temporarily basis before the complete restoration of the plant. Among the options, the optimal choice is moving operations to other facilities located in Germany and Romania. Moreover, Airbus is already under tremendous pressure including issues related to the engine causing strife within the A320-neo Family. The workforce is hammering away harder and making substantial efforts to meet the corporation’s goals of 800 aircrafts. The company is planning to use A220, a newly acquired model to boost its odds of reaching the goal.
Airbus has put forward that the company is not expecting any immediate effects from the fire regarding the production process. They commented that it would take a few months to finish the production of parts in the plant to be added to airplanes. However, the supplier glitches with aircraft engines have caused the company to fall behind on their delivery schedule. The good news is that Emirates have accepted the A380 that will help boost up their deliveries. In spite of the unfortunate event, the company is optimistic about 2019 to take on orders and greater developments.
- Augsburg: Fire at Airbus subsidiary Premium Aerotec
- Augsburg: fire at Airbus subsidiary Premium Aerotec – Jet delays likely after fire at German plant