By Staff Writer | January 1, 2005
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Turbomeca specializes in the design, production and sale of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. When its joint programs with other manufacturers are factored in, Turbomeca is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer on the international market. The company's goal is to provide a full range of services conveniently close to customers, wherever they may operate. It also designs and builds turbine engines for training aircraft and missiles, plus land and marine turbines.

The Facts

Turbomeca has 67 years' experience making turbine engines for the world market. The company was founded in 1938 by Joseph Szydlowski, a Polish Jewish é­©gré ·ho fled the Nazis and then settled in France. Since that time, Turbomeca's 50,000 engines have amassed more than 79 million operating hours collectively. Today, there are 14,500 Turbomeca turbines currently in operation (all kinds), while the company itself serves 2,000 customers in 140 countries.


Turbomeca is part of the Propulsion branch of the Snecma Group, a world leader in civil and defense aerospace equipment. Turbomeca also has three subsidiaries: Microturbo, a specialist in turbo-reactors for missiles; CGTM, dedicated to in-flight testing and maintenance; and Incodev, which develops, engineers, and manages European projects.

Power and Service

Ranging from 450 to 3,000 shp., Turbomeca turbines power civil, para-public and defense helicopters for all the leading helicopter manufacturers. Despite this variety, all of these turbines benefit from Turbomeca's emphasis on leading-edge technology that is carefully designed, rigorously tested, and painstakingly manufactured.

"The importance we attach to investment in R&D enables our customers to benefit from the latest technology with a real potential for improved power ratings," explains Turbomeca CEO and Chairman Emeric D'Arcimoles. "After the sale is done, we support our customers with top quality service, to ensure that their engines continue to provide peak performance and retain their book value." This is why Turbomeca operates out of 14 locations worldwide. In the past three years, Turbomeca has added 12 local TurboSupport Centers, a 24/7 network of three strategically located Technical Engineering, a user's online MRO tracking web service (T.O.O.L.S.) and began its first international logistics hub at Paris' Roissy Airport. In the same period the company expanded the number of field representatives from 15 to 32.

Latest News

On Nov. 29, 2004, Turbomeca announced that the premises of its South African site, Turbomeca Africa Pty Ltd, have been revamped and their machine-tools and heavy maintenance workshops -- catering to engines and accessories -- have been upgraded.

"Modernizing our workshops like this represents a considerable advantage for further strengthening our competitiveness and our services to customers," said Bernard Garcia, Chairman of Turbomeca Africa Pty Ltd. In fact, Turbomeca Africa has a 300-strong workforce that provides repairs and overhauls of Turbomeca and Snecma engines and accessories; manufactures complete gear and casing assemblies for several entities of the Snecma Group and for other major international groups such as General Electric and Rolls-Royce; and staffs the only service center for Turbomeca products on the African continent.

Support by the Hour programs: adapted to all fleet sizes, SBH Mission is packaged into seven mission types for multi-role operators and Civil and Public Service missions.

The Choice of Major Manufacturers

Thanks to Turbomeca's continuing investment in R&D, commitment to global service, and quality design and manufacturing facilities, Turbomeca helicopter engines are the choice of Agusta/Westland, Eurocopter, and Sikorsky. Just connect to to find out more!

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