German engine manufacturer Limbach Flugmotoren GmbH is to cease trading after 40 years of supplying initially VW but later their own VW style aero engines. The company blames ever increasing regulation that they simply cannot afford the resources to comply with. In a statement on its website, company general manager Peter Limbach writes:
"After more than 40 years an era is coming to its end. We, Limbach Flugmotoren GmbH & Co. KG will close our production, overhaul and maintenance operations. It has been a very emotional decision for me and my family.
Years of ever increasing regulations and requirements have been choking us. Our efforts to operate in that environment were not successful, because we cannot provide the necessary resources. Additionally there are government activities that hinder our current business and we cannot make plans for the future.
Orders for exchange engines will be filled until 31 October 2011. Thereafter we will conduct a clearing sale of our inventory until 15 Dec 2011. We reserve the right to cancel orders that cannot be fulfilled.
We are negotiating continued supply of spare parts.
Personally l would like to thank all customers who have been loyal to us for all these years. I hope for your understanding, but the decision was inevitable, also for very personal reasons."
25th August 2011