Representing Diehl Aviation in Hungary, Dr. Mario Amschlinger, Diehl Hungary CFO, Christian Utz, Diehl Hungary COO, and Roman Damschke, ESC Debrecen Site Manager officially took possession of the new site during the celebratory opening in this eastern Hungarian university city. Also attending the event were Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Hungary, Dr. László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, Róbert Ésik, President of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), the Members of Parliament Dr. Pósán Lajos and Dr. Simon Miklós, and Rainer von Borstel, Diehl Aviation CEO.
The Diehl Aviation ESC in Debrecen has been in development since 2016. The center, alongside the Hungarian production site in Nyírbátor, will support the Division, and its development and production activities in the country. Until recently, all support for the areas of Engineering, Administration, Program Management, Customer Services, and Procurement was chiefly located in Germany. By 2020, up to 150 Diehl Aviation employees will be based at the “Lion Office” in south-east Debrecen.
The decision to establish the ESC (the chief function of which will be to complement the existing capacities of the German Diehl Aviation sites) in Debrecen was based on the ideal background the city offers the aerospace supplier: the site’s cost advantages, its proximity to the Nyírbátor production site, the opportunity to work closely with the local university and the economic-cultural environment of the region.
Diehl Aviation is a Division of the Diehl Foundation & Co. KG, and unites all of the aerospace activities of the Diehl Group under one roof. Within the aerospace industry, Diehl Aviation and Diehl Aerospace (a Joint Venture with Thales) are leading systems suppliers for aircraft systems and cabin solutions. Currently, Diehl Aviation employs over 5,400 people. The company’s customers include the leading aircraft manufacturers Airbus (both aircraft and helicopters), Boeing, Bombardier, and Embraer as well as airlines and operators of commercial and corporate jets.