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A new waste water treatment plant for January 2012

 Once again this year, CRMA has moved forward with its continuous improvement programme, running a large number of projects. The company wants to exceed regulatory requirements in an effort to achieve a considerable, lasting reduction in its environmental impact.  Thanks to financial assistance from the local water authority, Agence de l’Eau Seine-Normandie, the Company is equipping with a new waste water treatment plant, scheduled to come on stream in January 2012.

 Previously, CRMA treated the waste water from its surface treatment workshop in compliance with a Prefectoral decree, and discharged the waste water after treatment. In addition, any waste water from high-pressure cleaning processes and from surface treatment and non-destructive testing workshops that could not be depolluted was sent to an approved treatment centre.

From now on, the new treatment and recycling plant will allow CRMA to:

  • treat a greater volume of waste from surface treatment, paint stripping, high-pressure cleaning and non-destructive testing processes,

  • minimize waste by sending only concentrates to the approved treatment centre, which will decrease our environmental impact and transport-related risks,

  • reduce our water consumption by recycling it and re-using the resulting demineralized water.


As a result, the amount of hazardous waste from high-pressure paint stripping sent to the approved centre should fall from 250cu.m/year to 50cu.m/year, and the amount of water discharged from the old treatment plant should fall from 850cu.m/year to 0cu.m/year. All in all, CRMA will be able to recycle about 1,050cu.m. of water per year.



GE90-94 : an A to Z of repair and overhaul

Crowning a four-year development stage, CRMA, an AFI KLM E&M wholly owned subsidiary specializing in engine parts repair, has obtained General Electric approval to repair GE90-94 combustion chambers. Already a Primary Repair Source approved by GE for Engine Alliance GP7200 TCF and combustion chamber, with this latest capability gained by CRMA, AFI KLM E&M can now offer more in house repairs on components and modules of the Very Big Engines.

Since 17th February this year, the approval has allowed CRMA to repair GE90-94 combustion chambers. With this new capability, AFI KLM E&M is now able to offer the full spectrum of maintenance and repair work on this version of the VBE. “We focused first on the GE90-94,” explained CRMA Marketing & Sales General Manager Yves Cosaque. “By capitalizing on the AIR FRANCE KLM fleet, we can offer our third-party customers best-quality service at attractive prices.” This is because CRMA know-how makes it possible to significantly reduce combustion chamber repair costs by cutting TAT by close to 40%.

The only market alternative to the OEM

With CRMA, AFI KLM E&M is thus the only MRO worldwide to be in a position to repair GE90-94 combustion chambers apart from the manufacturer itself in the United States. With the majority of GE90-94 fleets being operated in Europe, CRMA’s geographic situation is a guarantee for many carriers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East of having a repair shop on their doorstep, so to speak. CRMA’s ability to carry out repairs using a process developed in-house in line with the manufacturer’s specifications is ample proof of its know-how and technical expertise on latest-generation engines. CRMA is also aiming to broaden its VBE offering by developing the same type of repair processes for the higher-thrust GE90-115. AFI KLM E&M will thus be the only MRO to offer this capability, based on the experience of a world-class fleet operator.


CRMA’s new certification program

In March 2011, CRMA embarked on a program to obtain certification as an Authorized Economic Operator (OEA: Opérateur Economique Agréé). This European certification program, which is delivered by French Customs, has already been recognized by Switzerland, Norway, and Japan, and is due to be recognized by the United States and China. It helps to smooth, facilitate and simplify the Company’s international logistics operations by implementing the security and safety measures that are increasingly important in a global environment under constant threat of terrorist action.

CRMA has opted for the complete certificate, which includes a simplification of customs formalities and safety/security measures.

The certification will allow CRMA to:

  • bolster its reputation with French Customs and its customers,
  • drive growth in its export activities,
  • meet safety requirements for goods carried (flight safety). 

CRMA is aiming to leverage the program in order to strengthen its brand image as a trustworthy partner company among its commercial partners.