Cavotec revolutionary pre-conditioned air system
“The Middle East’s burgeoning aviation sector is becoming increasingly concerned about improving productivity and implementing environmentally sustainable technologies; a trend that highlights the region’s development as one of the most sophisticated aviation hotspots across the globe,” notes Juergen Strommer, Managing Director Cavotec Middle East. The Dubai-based company is the regional sales office of the Cavotec global engineering group.
“We see our customers all over the region seeking to constantly enhance safety, efficiency and productivity. The demand for reliable, flexible and sustainable solutions illustrates a developing trend here. In the past, there was a tendency to install systems used elsewhere in the world in mature markets such as Europe. Increasingly however, we clearly see the Middle East as becoming the first region in the world to adopt new designs and products based on many parameters to suit local weather conditions,” Strommer adds.
“A classic example is the newly developed Cavotec Pre-Conditioned Air system (PCAir). This technology is used to supply cold, dry air to aircraft at sub-zero temperatures. Temperatures as low as minus 20°C (for dry air) are necessary to cool A380 (Code F) aircraft during the summers in the Gulf, a requirement that Cavotec’s PCAir system alone is capable of meeting. Bahrain Airports Company, following comprehensive product studies and analyses, chose to implement this solution. We see similar interest from other major hubs in the region including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait,” Strommer says.
Another positive indication that the region’s aviation sector is blossoming into a global leader is the continued expansion among airports in the Middle East. Airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia all have development plans ongoing and have largely avoided any impact from the recent global economic turndown.
Keeping their need for a greener and more productive ramp operation in mind, airports are increasingly embracing our pop-up pit solutions over conventional ground support equipment,” Strommer says.
This has also enabled Airports to expand and improve their capacities. Our under-floor solutions reduce the number of trucks and service vehicles required to service aircraft, thus reducing accidents, emissions, and maintenance costs,” Strommer explains. Cavotec now offers a wide range of solutions to the fuelling industry as well.
“Three years ago, Cavotec acquired two leading aviation fuelling equipment manufacturers: Dabico (UK and US) and Meyerinck (Germany). These companies have been fully integrated into the Cavotec group, and are experiencing very healthy order bookings from Cavotec sales offices around the world, including the Middle East where we won a second significant contract with the New Muscat International Airport for Cavotec Dabico fuel hydrant pits,” he says.
This contract follows an earlier AED 15 million deal with the New Muscat International Airport for pop-up pits.
The safety and ergonomic characteristics of Cavotec’s fuelling products have won numerous new customers in the region.
“In addition to orders for a large number of our pantograph units for loading and unloading trucks at various fuel farms recently, we have also supplied our ‘one hand lift’ easy access covers to Doha, and we are expecting similar interest from other airports in the region.
The pantograph has an average maintenance-free service life of between 15 to 20 years due to the quality of their swivels joints. Again, demand for such equipment illustrates a trend towards to safer, more reliable and efficient systems,” Strommer adds.
Cavotec Middle East has expanded its base in the region with training academies for end users, more display products for the regional clients to inspect such units, and also a well-equipped workshop with the ability to provide the crucial after sales support to clients across the region.
Cavotec Middle East is exhibiting at the 2011 Airport Show; the 11th time since the show’s inception in 2000.
“We are extremely pleased to be exhibiting at the Airport Show again and are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our latest innovations in the ground support equipment sector. We expect to welcome existing customers and build relationships with new ones,” Strommer concludes.
Cavotec is exhibiting at Stand CD-9 from May 31 to June 1 at the Dubai Airport Expo in Dubai.