16 December 2005
16 December 2005
Composites Technology Research Malaysia, together with Malaysian Airline System (MAS) is in exploratory discussions with Goodrich regarding a joint collaborative effort in aircraft composites components repair.
The collaborative effort by the parties includes a composites repair centre at the new Malaysian International Aerospace Center (MIAC) in Subang which was launched on 12 August 2005 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The composite repair centre will be the first of its kind in Malaysia and is geared towards providing repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft composite components.
This proposed composite repair centre is in tandem with the call from the government to make Malaysia as a one-stop centre for the aerospace industry. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service industry would be an addendum to the existing composites capabilities, which are currently manufacturing based.
According to CTRM’s Chief Executive Officer, Col.(Rtd) Rosdi Mahmud, CTRM involvement in the composite repair centre highlights the enhancement of CTRM capabilities as the centre of excellence for aerospace and composites. “Malaysia should capitalize on its skilled work force and venturing into the MRO business will help to further diversify the existing capabilities. Collaboration among CTRM, MAS and Goodrich would be an excellent platform to kick start Malaysian foray into composites repair.”
Encik Roslan said, “Malaysia Airlines has an excellent infrastructure at its Subang base for MRO activities and this collaboration for composites repair will act as a catalyst towards further skills upgrade of our workforce. It will also enable us to market a comprehensive array of MRO services to customers worldwide and act as a one stop center. At the same time MAS can cease sending its own composite components for expensive repairs overseas.”
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