GSA buys RUAG’s MRO operations in Malaysia

by AZALEA AZUAR / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

GLOBAL Systémes Asia Sdn Bhd (GSA) has acquired Swiss-based RUAG International’s Malaysian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations in Malaysia.

The deal is expected to significantly increase GSA’s MRO helicopter and aircraft capabilities and support Global Turbines Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA).

The GSA-GTA and RUAG strong synergy now boasts an enhanced services portfolio, adding components, fuselage, starter generator and electrical systems to GTA’s already successful MRO offering.

This makes GSA the first Malaysian company to boast a complete MRO ecosystem portfolio that covers military (GTA) and civil (RUAG) aircrafts.

“The transfer of our stake in the business to the locally anchored company GSA is an excellent solution for successfully continuing the current business activities and sustainably securing jobs for the future,” said RUAG MRO international business unit head Felix Ammann.

National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) said the acquisition enhances Malaysia’s global and regional footprint in the MRO business.

“Apart from expanding its current aerospace portfolio, GSA will become one of the major catalysts in attracting quality business partners to consider Subang as their preferred location in South-East Asia, thus strengthening the MRO ecosystem in Malaysia,” said NAICO head Prof Shamsul Kamar.

GTA holds the accolade of being selected by Europrop International GmbH, a joint company formed by the four leading European aero engine companies (Industria de Turbo Propulsores SA, MTU Aero Engines AG, Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Ltd and Safran Aircraft Engines), to be part of the support of the TP400 engine, installed on Airbus SE’s A400M, the most advanced airlifter of the 21st century.