ACM Likely To Produce Composite Parts for 787

28 May 2006

Certain composite material components of Boeing's all-new 787 Dreamliner will most likely be sourced from the US airplane makers' joint venture company in Malaysia, Asian Composites Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (ACM).

The Kedah-based ACM is in the running to provide composite parts for the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's vice president and general manager of the 787 programme, Mike Bair, said Tuesday. ""We hope to reap the advantages of its capability and look forward to a long alliance with it (ACM),"" he said.

ACM currently produces advanced composite structures for wings of all Boeing jetliners in production. Earlier this month, ACM general manager Dr Nazily Noor said the company had made a bid to supply composite components for the 787 aircraft. Dr Nazily said that ACM would have to invest another RM10 million to RM15 million to install new machines and extend the plant should it win the bid.

The result of the five-year contract valued at US$30 million to US$50 million was expected to be known in three to four months, said Dr Nazily.

Bair said more than 50 percent of the 787 composed of composite materials, which was two to three times more than other commercial airplanes. ACM is a joint venture company between Boeing Company and Hexcel of the United States and Naluri Bhd and Sime Darby Bhd of Malaysia, with each holding a 25 percent stake.

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