Lean: Strategy to Turn Around the Aviation MRO Business (Open lecture)

Žilvinas Lapinskas

Kazimieras Simonavičius University in partnership with Friendly Avia Support organizes a lectures series on specialized topics in the field of Aviation. #AviationintheMaking is an informal space where aviation leaders, professionals and students meet.

On 16th of May 6 pm. we invite you to the lecture by CEO of FL Technics Žilvinas Lapinskas and his presentation: Lean: Strategy to Turn Around the Aviation MRO Business. This is the last session of the meeting series this year.

With the team of 1200 people working in hangars in Lithuania, Indonesia and within the network of 14 line stations worldwide, FL Technics has finished last year with net profit of € 5,7 Million.

FL Technics is a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Company specializes in base & line maintenance, spare parts & component support, engine, APU & LG management, full aircraft engineering, technical training.

The picture was a bit different four years ago when current CEO Zilvinas Lapinskas joined the company. In 2015 the major client at that time announced that it would cease all operations and left FL Technics with € 8 Million of unpaid bills. The company finished that year with the loss of € 11 Million.

The key to success was at that difficult time and still is now the continuous implementation of LEAN management system. In theory, LEAN is a systematic method to identifying and eliminating waste, through continuous improvement by flowing the product or service at the pull of the customer, in pursuit of perfection. It is also about principles: about building a culture of continuous improvement, about respect and involvement of all people and most important – it is about growing leaders.

In order to work more effective, FL Technics trained the mechanics, launched the FL Technics BAY system (a certain type of project management system, where dedicated team is working on one aircraft) and thus attracted 1st-tier European airlines as clients. Lufthansa group, Corendon, Luxair are maintained in FL Technics hangars. In two hangars in Lithuania FL Technics had served more than 100 aircraft from 27 airlines from 17 countries in 2017.

The lecture is free with registration on eventbrite: https://aviainthemaking6.eventbrite.com/