Diehl Aircabin expands with an engineering centre in Hungary

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Rainer on Borstel, CEO of Diehl Aerosystems Division

Based on the successes achieved by the Nyírbátor unit in cockpit element and aircraft parts manufacturing, the German Diehl Aircabin adds another activity in Hungary: it establishes an engineering centre to the value of about EUR 9 million in Debrecen. The 150 high value-added jobs created as a result of the project will provide support primarily to the company's own internal departments.

Rainer von Borstel, CEO of Diehl Aerosystems Division

The family-owned, more than 110 years old Diehl Group is headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. In the Group comprising five main divisions, about 16,500 employees develop, manufacture and distribute products for the aircraft industry at more than 80 locations worldwide, in 20 countries on four continents. Its sales revenue exceeded EUR 3 billion last year.

The head office of Diehl Aircabin Kft. established in 2011 and belonging to the Diehl Gruppe Aerosystems Division is located in Nyírbátor. At the Nyírbátor Plant, it manufactures cockpit elements and other parts for the Airbus A320, A330, A350 and A380 aircraft models, but it is also a TIER-1 supplier of Boeing. The sales revenue of the subsidiary reached EUR 22.44 million in 2016, while it employs as many as 565 people according to the most recent data. In addition to the procurement of new buildings and machinery, the development announced in June 2017 also creates 230 new jobs, which, together with the current project, represents the employment of about 1,000 people.

The new engineering centre in Debrecen also indicates that besides 'Made in Hungary' projects of the manufacturing type, Hungary also offers an attractive package for 'Invented in Hungary' projects focusing on research and development and generating high added value.

Rainer von Borstel, CEO of the Diehl Aerosystems Division, pointed out at the press conference announcing the project that they had decided to establish the engineering service centre in Debrecen on the basis of the favourable experience in Nyírbátor and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Hungarian investment environment.

The German-owned company pays attention to ensuring that its employees have up-to-date specialist skills. It also participates in the dual training programme of the University of Debrecen. Students can become familiar with the most advanced manufacturing technologies through practical training at the Nyírbátor Plant.