Fokker Services Group Breaks Ground For New Wide-Body Hangar
10 October 2022
Woensdrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Services Group, the independent aviation aftermarket company, is now building a wide-body aircraft hangar in close cooperation with Gaptek, a leader in modular architecture. The 87-meter (L) x 86-meter (W) x 27-meter (H) construction will accommodate aircraft such as Airbus A330, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777, and will be equipped with floor heating and cooling systems all powered by electricity. This hangar is part of a larger expansion plan, which includes hiring new colleagues, a second new wide-body hangar and extending workshop spaces at Fokker Services Group’s global facilities.
“This new hangar is the latest development in our company-wide growth plan,” said Roland van Dijk, Co-CEO of Fokker Services Group. “With this investment we are making a long-term commitment to our colleagues, customers, suppliers and the local community. As the markets for wide-body maintenance and VIP completions continue to grow, this modern hangar extension allows us to support new and existing customers for the years to come.”
With planning, development and preparations finalized, Gaptek has now started the modular hangar construction on-site, which will take just 12-14 weeks to complete. The design is based on Gaptek’s patented lightweight system, which is fast to assemble and disassemble, and easy to relocate. The aluminum construction reduces CO2 emissions up to 21% compared to conventional steel structures.
“Since the beginning, one of the most important values for Gaptek is to provide more sustainable and cost efficient solutions,” explains Tomas Felius founding member and President of Gaptek. “Our technology, initially engineered to provide solutions for Military Defense, is now more advanced and permits us to provide turnkey facilities that can adapt to the actual civil aviation market needs, such as fast deployment, low environmental impact, capability to be easily adapted and relocated while maintaining the CE quality and to comply with IBC and local regulations. This project is an important milestone in the international markets expansion’s for Gaptek.”
Sander Heijmans, Executive Director of Business Park Aviolanda, on which Fokker Services Group’s facilities are located, adds: “This is another great step in the development of Business Park Aviolanda and will clearly be a major contributor to the modernization and high tech business increase of the entire facility.”
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About Fokker Services Group
Fokker Services Group is an independent aviation aftermarket company with a global reach. Providing comprehensive solutions from its five facilities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Fokker Services Group is a key partner for regional, narrow-body and wide-body platforms in the Commercial, VIP, Cargo and Defense markets. The organization offers a unique set of capabilities, products and services: ‘Modifications & Engineering Services’ for the latest technical solutions; ‘Component & Material Services’ such as nose-to-tail programs, exchange services, component repairs, parts manufacturing and spares deliveries; ‘Airframe Services’ for aircraft MRO including lease transitions and painting; and ‘Aircraft Completion & Conversion Services’ for Executive, VVIP and Special Mission aircraft upgrades. With this broad range of expertise, Fokker Services Group ensures the continued competitive operation of its customers’ fleet.
Gaptek was born more than 10 years ago with the aim of creating an innovative and disruptive system in the construction of buildings, offering a versatile product with the ability to create countless solutions in different areas. As a global company, it is vital to understand the dynamics of the market and each client’s needs. This has allowed them to expand the portfolio of solutions, adapting to the circumstances of each moment. Gaptek maintains a leadership position in the sector thanks to continuous improvement in the company’s products, services and processes. It focusses on generating a competitive advantage to maintain long-term sustainable growth and commits to the sustainable development goals they developed, using recyclable and environmentally friendly materials. The people who make Gaptek, represent the main asset of the company, allowing constant growth and progress. The fusion of talent and a multicultural approach are the key to the success of the company.
About Business Park Aviolanda
Aviolanda Aerospace is an aerospace maintenance hub, located adjacent to the Woensdrecht military Air Base. It is the Dutch one-stop-shop for sustainable innovation in MRO, knowledge exchange and community building. Within its economic area development, close attention is paid to working and living, education and research. With good accessibility and excellent hangar- and research facilities, the Aviolanda MRO-ecosystem is constantly developing in close civil-military cooperation.