September 6, 2012
Turbomeca do Brasil announces expansion of its Xerém site
Turbomeca do Brasil (Safran group), in Brazil since 1977, celebrated the expansion of its site in Xerém, Rio de Janeiro State. These new installations will house the new assembly line and tests of the Makila 2 engine and of the Auxiliary Power Unit Saphir 20. These engines and units, designed for both civilian and military EC225/725 helicopters, will be operated for the Brazilian market and more generally Latin America. These investments in the Rio de Janeiro region meet the Turbomeca commitments in the frame of the contract to acquire 50 EC725 helicopters signed in 2009 by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense. Turbomeca do Brasil will deliver the Makila 2A engines and Auxiliary Power Units Saphir 20 to Helibras (a Eurocopter subsidiary), that will be installed on the new EC725 of the Brazilian Armed Forces built in the new Helibras facility in Itajuba. Furthermore, Turbomeca do Brasil will maintain and overhaul all Makila 2 engines already operating in the region for military and offshore missions.