by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by TMR FILE
THE Collins Aerospace group, an aerospace company headquartered in the United States, says it would be expanding its maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) facilities in Subang, Selangor by relocating to a new 160,000 sq. ft. facility at Subang Aerotech Park.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) MD Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood (picture), said that the expansion of Collins Aerospace operations in Malaysia is expected to contribute significantly towards the growth of the country’s aerospace industry.
“Subang Airport is already the focal point of the national aerospace supply chain due to the presence of global players such as Spirit AeroSystems, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, Execujet, and Dassault Aviation. It currently has over 60 players and supports more than 4,000 high-skilled jobs,” he said in a statement today.
“Aerospace is not only expanding its operations in terms of capacity but is also introducing advanced capabilities at this new MRO facility. All these will contribute towards strengthening Malaysia’s position as an aerospace hub within the region,” he added.
This, he said, is inP6S1- line with the objective stated in the Malaysia Aerospace Industry Blueprint 2030 that aims to make Malaysia the number one aerospace nation in South-east Asia.
In order to achieve this, MAHB will also work closely with the Collins Innovation Hub in Singapore to explore new ways to utilise advanced technologies to enhance repair flows and quality.
As part of the expansion, the facility will add new MRO capabilities for Collins Aerospace’s air cycle machines, heat exchangers, engine starters, valves, propellers, and actuation systems. The site will support a variety of aircraft, including the B787, B777X, A320, A380, ATR 42, and ATR, allowing for faster turnaround time and more efficient service to its customers in the region.
Subang Aerotech Park is a 60-acre industrial aviation and high technology park located within Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (Subang Airport), developed by Malaysia Airports as part of its Aeropolis development. More than RM16 million will be invested by Collins Aerospace, which is one of the world’s largest aerospace groups, for this new facility, which will serve as one of their regional hubs for aircraft component maintenance.