MTU Aero Engines laid the foundation stone for a purpose-built, advanced logistics center on its company premises in Munich. Starting in January 2015, the brand new two-story building with a surface area of 4,400 m² will concentrate the tasks of 115 employees from incoming goods, customs and foreign trade and receiving inspection. The total investment for the innovative center, including equipment, is some ten million euros. The new building is part of MTU Aero Engines’ investment and growth strategy and a statement of its commitment to its operations in Germany. With the move, the company is paving the way for the increase in production and volumes from the new-generation engine programs for the coming years. The aim is to make internal processes more effective and efficient and to ensure process reliability. The reason for the expansion of MTU’s corporate headquarters was the decision to set up two final assembly lines in Munich: one for the PW1000G-JM engine to power the A320neo and one for the TP400-D6 engine to power the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. On top of this, the share of large-sized components that take up lots of space is on the rise. These include the turbine center frame of the GEnx, the engine for the Boeing 787, and modules for the GP7000, the engine for the Airbus A380, plus module containers, rings or accessories. Deliveries will gradually increase from mid-2014 on. “We are building this center in a direct response to needs created by the ramp-up of the new engine programs,” said MTU Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rainer Martens.