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Avio: Italian technology at the 2013 Paris Air Show


DISCLAIMER: Press releases in the present section refer to the period before the purchase by Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. (General Electric Group) of the Company business unit relative to the aeronautical activities of Avio S.p.A., which took place on 1 August 2013, following the stipulation on 21 December 2012 of the contract of sale with regard to this Company business unit. Starting from this date, all activities regarding the design, development and manufacture of accessory drive trains and power transmissions, low-pressure turbines, combustors, afterburners, subsystems and MRO and CRO activities for civil and military aeronautical engines were transferred to Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. and became an integral part of the business of GE Aviation.

Rivalta di Torino (Italy), 13 June 2013 – Avio, a leading group in aerospace propulsion, will be at the upcoming Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, the international Aerospace trade show, scheduled from June 17 to 23, 2013.

Participation in the 50th edition of the aerospace show will be an opportunity to showcase a selection of the major technological modules originating from Avio's leadership in the industry: approximately 25,000 civil aircraft fly all over the world every day, and over 70% of them use at least one Avio component in their engines. The company plays an active role throughout the life cycle of aeronautical components: from product design to development, from manufacturing to maintenance services. Avio also has well-consolidated experience in the construction of solid-fuel propulsion systems for space launchers: it builds the two boosters of the European launcher Ariane 5 and, as prime contractor, it coordinates all design, development and production work for the new Vega space launcher, which successfully carried out its first commercial launch on May 7, 2013.

Avio will be in Hall 1 at Stand 316 with an exhibition area that will display some of the company’s main products. Among them:

  • The accessory gearbox for General Electric’s GEnx 1B engine, the new-generation turbofan that powers the B787 Dreamliner, conceived with an extremely advanced technological level to reduce environmental impact (lower pollutant emissions, lower noise levels), fuel consumption and maintenance cost.
  • The accessory gearbox for the new PurePower® PW1100G – JM engine which belongs to the PW1000 family (Geared Turbofan- GTF).The innovative technologies of the GTF enable to achieve significant reductions in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and noise.
  • The components manufactured with the innovative additive manufacturing EBM (Electron Beam Melting) technique. Compared to traditional technologies, additive manufacturing does not require particular gases, other than those already present in the atmosphere (nitrogen, argon, helium), and does not entail use of other indirect materials for the process. The results can be quantified at up to 95% less material used and up to 90% energy savings. In particular, Avio's stand at Le Bourget will showcase the Titanium Aluminide (TiAl) stator blades of the low-pressure turbine for the new Leap engine, developed with Avio's partner Snecma (Safran Group).
  • The power transmission of the TP400-D6, the largest ever built for a turboprop engine, used by the new military aircraft A400M.
  • The mock-up of Vega, the space launcher with an Italian technological core that, last May 7, successfully carried out its first commercial launch, placing in orbit 3 satellites that are studying vegetation and climate changes. Vega is a prime example of the application of innovative technologies and it attests Avio’s leadership in solid-propellant rocket propulsion and its capability as a systems integrator, with skills ranging from design and development of engine stages to launcher avionics.



Avio is an international leading group in the aerospace industry, with its headquarters in Turin (Italy). Founded in 1908, it is active in 4 continents with commercial offices and 12 manufacturing sites. It has over 5,300 employees, of which approximately 4,500 are in Italy. In 2012, its revenues exceeded 2.3 billion Euro. It is active in the following business areas: Aeronautics; Space; MRO and service; aircraft-derivative turbines for marine and industrial use; control, automation and electrical systems. It carries out research and technological development through a network of laboratories in Italian university campuses and through collaborations with 24 Italian and international universities and research centers.