The 328 Group brand is continually growing under the direction of its CEO Dave Jackson as he reduces the Oberpfaffenhofen-based company’s dependence on Dornier 328 turboprop- and 328Jet-related work.
Jackson, who has been with 328 since 2006, says he plans to achieve diversification via internal organic expansion, and by acquisition.
“We’ve nothing in the pipeline at the moment but we tend to look at one suitable acquisition opportunity per year,” he says. “We are also eyeing other locations for maintenance and completions.”
His plan is to create a new layer of business for 328 – increased manufacturing. “Today we’ve got MRO services, engineering, supply chain, design… We’re probably looking at small rotatable components up to aircraft composite panels or kits of parts. We do manufacturing today, on aircraft interiors for aircraft such as the, B737, /B777.
“In terms of components and assemblies we also manufacture extended range tanks, control cable and looms mainly for the Dornier 328 and are looking to continue diversifying our manufacturing base by enhancing and acquiring equipment and/or getting into other aircraft types,” Jackson says.
“We’re fairly open to how we achieve this,” He told ShowNews.
The 328 Group encompasses 328 Support Services and Design as well as JETS, the UK-based MRO specialist. 328 Support Services GmbH is the type certificate holder for the Dornier 328 turboprop and jet, while 328 Design GmbH specializes in special missions and VIP interior design. From Germany, 328 supports the worldwide Dornier 328 fleet.
The JETS brand embraces the maintenance and support of an increasing portfolio of VIP business aircraft from around Europe, the Middle East and Africa from UK bases at Bournemouth and London Biggin Hill. The Biggin Hill FBO/MRO facility was acquired from Jet Aviation in December 2012, and the adjoining FBO sold toin February 2014, to enable JETS to concentrate on MRO services.
“Oberpfaffenhofen is becoming increasingly important as Munich’s business airport as traffic is moved out of Munich Franz Josef Airport,” Jackson says. “As a result, the airfield’s reconstruction has required us to relocate some of our facilities. We’re using the opportunity to upgrade and refresh our products and service offerings.
“Our footprint will be about the same size but in more modern and ergonomically efficient buildings. We’ll accommodate the same aircraft types as before” – CRJ 200 and Dornier 328s.” Larger aircraft? “Our plans only extend to supporting something larger like an A320 or BBJ at one of the established large European or completion centers.”