October 17 2022  |  Cabin Maintenance

Panasonic expands MRO shop in Ireland

By Rick Lundstrom

In addition to repairs, Panasonic's facility in Ireland will be its European distribution center

Panasonic Avionics Corporation today unveiled the significant expansion of its European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dundalk, Co. Lough, Ireland.

The MRO center, which first opened in October 2019, has been expanded in size from 6,000 square feet to 23,000 square feet. Panasonic has also tripled the workforce at the site.

The Dundalk facility is operated by Panasonic Technical Services (PTS), a division of Panasonic Avionics. It provides repairs, line maintenance, spares parts supply, and technical services and training to customers in the EMEA region and is Part 145, TCAA, FAA and UK CAA approved.

PTS expects to induct 1,500 – 2,000 units per month at its Dundalk facility. It will repair the X series and Next IFE systems, and Boeing CSS equipment. It will also be the company’s European distribution center.

“The expansion of our Dundalk facility will enable our customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to benefit from the tailored maintenance solutions which we provide at the high level they have come to expect from Panasonic Technical Services,” said Tom Eskola, Vice President and General Manager of Panasonic Technical Services, in today's announcement.

Panasonic Avionics’ investment in the Dundalk facility has been supported by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on behalf of the Irish Government.

“As the aviation industry returns towards pre-pandemic levels, MRO slots are, once again, at a premium,” Eskola said.

The expanded Dundalk facility is one of 10 PTS locations within Europe. In addition to the Ireland-based repair shop, there are also airport line maintenance stations at Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Madrid, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, and Rome Fiumicino.

Panasonic Avionics will be showcasing its European offering at MRO Europe in London from October 19 -20.

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