creation of tarmac aerosave, first industrial firm for aircraft dismantling
The first industrial firm for the dismantling of end-of-life aircraft was officially born recently, with the signature of its statutes at the Le Bourget International Air Show. Named TARMAC AEROSAVE (Tarbes Advanced Recycling & Maintenance Aircraft Company), this innovative field of activity is managed by a partnership between several industrial companies, representing aeronautics and environment, and developed with the competitive cluster « Aerospace Valley », together with the Midi-Pyrénées Region.
TARMAC AEROSAVE is the sequel to the PAMELA (Process for Advanced Management of End-of-Life Aircraft) test project, and is in fact its industrial phase. Led by Airbus and SITA France, Groupe Suez, together with several partners (some of which are members of TARMAC AEROSAVE), the PAMELA project had enabled the testing in 2006 of processes for dismantling and re-lifing materials contained in end-of-life aircraft. The objective was to demonstrate that, by 2015, 85 % of an aircraft’s parts could be re-used, recovered or recycled, in a secure and environmentally friendly way.
TARMAC AEROSAVE will offer, additional to its dismantling activity, a global range of services, from short term storage to the dismantling phase. These services will be offered to all aircraft owners (civil or military, of any type). The company first plans to implement a dismantling and recycling platform at Tarbes airport, construction being due to start next September. The platform will be operational mid-2008.
The services offered by TARMAC AEROSAVE should enable aeronautical companies to prepare for the evolution of European law concerning recycling of end-of-life products. Its partners will be able to recover equipment and parts which still have potential use, in total respect of aviation safety and environmental rules, while ensuring traceability of spare parts.
TARMAC AEROSAVE comprises six industrial partners: Airbus (France); SITA France (subsidiary of SUEZ Environnement for waste management); Snecma Services (subsidiary of Safran Group, specialised in aircraft engine maintenance); Equip’Aéro (specialized in manufacturing and repair of aircraft equipment); TASC aviation (Airbus subsidiary based in Dubaï, trading in aircraft parts); Aéroconseil (specialized in aeronautical engineering and systems).
This activity will be carried out in a building situated on the airport zone of the Tarbes-Ossun airport. This building will be hosted by the SCI « Tarmac aéro », comprising the six industrial partners and the Caisse des Dépôts (state owned financial institution for public-interest missions).
The number of civil aircraft arriving at end-of-life in the next 20 years is estimated around 6 200 (about 300 each year); an important market, in which TARMAC AEROSAVE expects to take a significant market share.
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