Air Transport World

New engine-repair facility. (SOCHATA facility at Saint Quentinen Yvelines, France)

PARIS-Founded in 1975 as part of the SNECMA group following the merger of branches of SNECMA and Hispano Suiza, SOCHATA transferred its engine-repair business to a new facility at Saint Quentin en Yvelines, near here last year.

The new center was designed specifically for engine repair. It covers 30,000 sq. m, 23,000 of which are workshops. A work force of 800 handles medium and high-thrust engines for civil and military aircraft. After repair, the engines are tested at SOCHATA's second site, at Villaroche, a few kilometers away. A third site is at Chateflerault, with 25,000 sq. m of workshops, laboratories and test cells, and 600 employees. The company has invested Ffr2OO million ($34 million) in its stock of rotable parts and engines, and its turnover was in excess of Ffrl billion in 1990. …

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