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'International expansion is a priority': while recognizing that its Airbus expertise is an asset, EADS Sogerma Services is looking to extend its product portfolio.(MRO-Outsourcing)

EADS Sogerma Services says it is "optimistic about the market outlook and growth prospects for providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul services. "In the past--and I can't define if Sept. 11 was the breaking point--there were as many trends in the 'make or buy' polio/in maintenance as there were operators. [Over] the last 18 months, however, we have the feeling that more and more operators are concentrating on air transport and are no longer investing in the maintenance field," Senior VP-Sales and Marketing Jean-Luc Monceaux tells ATW. Although there are some notable exceptions--Lufthansa Technik and Air France Industries immediately come to mind--it certainly is true for many small and midsize airlines and new entrants in particular. "All the 'emerging' carriers are outsourcing their maintenance," he observes.

Sogerma has three core business areas: MRO, cabin interiors and completion, and aerostructures--the latter two primarily as a supplier to the Airbus family. Of these, MRO is by far the largest activity, accounting for an estimated 450 million [euro] ($560 million) in sales last year out of total turnover of around 700 million [euro] (final results had not been released at press time). It employs about 4,200 employees, two-thirds of whom reside in its home country of France, where it operates facilities at Bordeaux, Rochefort, Toulouse, Rouen and Paris Le Bourget. …

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