MRO Americas – Miami, Florida (April 15, 2015) — CFM International, a 50/50 company between Snecma (Safran) and GE, has signed an agreement with Cincinnati-based Rhinestahl Corporation, selecting it as a licensed supplier of LEAP aircraft engine tooling. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhinestahl will provide tooling, globally, to airline customers purchasing new Airbus 320neo, Boeing 737MAX and COMAC C919 aircraft.
Rhinestahl has been a major manufacturer of aircraft engine overhaul and repair tooling since 1967 and strengthened its position in 2009 when Rhinestahl acquired the Customer Tooling Solutions business unit of GE. Since that time, Rhinestahl has established itself as the world leader in solution-based sales and support of engine tooling for CFM International’s highly successful CFM56 engine line. “Rhinestahl’s reputation in providing and supporting the highest quality, fully OEM compliant tools has positioned us to be awarded this new license for LEAP tooling. Airlines all over the world depend on Rhinestahl every day to ensure that their engine tooling is manufactured to all of the strict standards set by CFM International. We make sure they have the latest and most up-to-date configurations of special tools for the engines in their fleet.” said Dieter Moeller, Rhinestahl’s President and CEO. “My father founded this company on the core values that remain in place today. We pride ourselves in the confidence our customers have in us and are completely committed to continuing to earn that confidence by fully delivering to our promises, every time.”
Scheduled to enter commercial service in 2016, LEAP engines are expected to reduce emissions by nearly 50%, as well as contributing to a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to current CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines. The LEAP engine’s combination of leading-edge materials and aerodynamic technology coupled with CFM’s industry-leading reliability and durability represents a major advancement for narrow-body aircraft, and could save airlines as much as 1.6 million dollars annually at current fuel prices
With nearly 50 years of experience and plans to expand operations into Europe and Asia, Rhinestahl will continue to provide the better solution – worldwide.