EU technology program Newac now underway

·        Targeting core engine optimization
·        40 partners from industry and science

Munich – The new European technology program Newac (New Aero Engine Core Concepts) was launched recently under the lead of MTU Aero Engines. This new research program is backed by the EU under its 6th Research Framework Program and commands an overall budget of 71 million euros. Newac will run for four years and aims to reduce CO² emissions by 6 per cent and NOx emissions by 17 per cent through improvements to the engine core.

Beside MTU Aero Engines, 40 different partners including Rolls-Royce, Snecma and Avio among the major players are jointly developing intelligent compressors, improving the combustor and integrating heat exchangers. The approach is to identify the potentials of the new technologies and bring the most promising among them to maturity.

In the 20 years ahead, air traffic is predicted to grow by about five percent per year. Dr. Günter Wilfert, head of the Newac program, noted: "Emerging innovative core engines like the Active Core, Intercooled Core, Flow Controlled Core and Intercooled Recuperative Core will be able to appreciably reduce emissions and fuel consumption." In the course of the program new components for these core engines will be built and tested.

Newac draws on the lessons learned from the now-complete Clean and Antle programs. It also complements Vital, another technology program under the EU's 6th Research Framework Program, which attempts to optimize the engine's low-pressure components. The findings of Vital and Newac together will provide the European engine industry with a complete inventory of available and meaningful technologies to use in the development of future engines.

MTU Aero Engines with technology activities like this is solidifying its standing as a partner in cooperative ventures with the leading manufacturers in the business. Taken across all its affiliates MTU is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer. It has a workforce of about 6,700 and in fiscal 2005 posted consolidated sales of €2.15 billion. The company’s MRO segment is the world’s largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services. In the military arena, the company is Germany’s industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the country’s military. MTU excels especially in high-pressure compressor and low-pressure turbine technologies, engine control systems and repair techniques.

Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company has established strong positions within programmes that will shape the power-systems market for many years to come. The company now has a total of 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide, generating a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives. It seeks to add value for its customers with aftermarket services that will enhance the performance and reliability of its products. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 36,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. Annual sales total £6.6 billion, of which 54 per cent are services revenues. The firm and announced order book is nearly £billion, which, together with demand for services, provides visibility of future levels of activity.

Snecma, a SAFRAN group company, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aircraft and rocket engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly, along with military engines that have always delivered world-class performance. Snecma also develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launchers, satellites and space vehicles.

AVIO is present in Italy and abroad with 16 locations and 4,800 employees. It works in four sectors of activities: modules and components for aircraft engines, civil and military engine overhauling services, space and aero-engine derivative turbines for marine propulsion. It is a world leader in mechanical transmissions and turbines, and Europe’s leading operator for solid-propellant space propulsion. In 2005, company turnover totaled 1,281 million euros.

Munich, June 13, 2007 

Your contacts:

MTU Aero Engines                                    Rolls-Royce plc
Odilo Mühling                                            Gary Atkins
Phone: +49 89 1489 2698                        Phone: +44 (0) 1332 248  389  
Mail: odilo.muehling@muc.mtu.de             Mail : gary.atkins@rolls-royce.com

Snecma                                                    Avio
Vincent Chappard                                   Cristina Aimone-Rondo
Phone : +33 (0) 169 870 929                   Phone : +39 011 0084 319
Mail: vincent.chappard@snecma.fr        Mail: cristina.aimonorondo@aviogroup.com

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