Spirit AeroSystems has officially opened its new logistics warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. The 50,000 sq. ft. facility, which is part of the company’s overall expansion of manufacturing operations in Malaysia, will help to accommodate what Spirit says is an increasing volume of assembly work on aerostructure components for commercial airliners. According to Spirit, the expansion is driven by additional and new work on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 programs along with rate increases on existing programs for the 737, 787, A320 and A350.
“The new warehouse supports our strategy of growing the Spirit Malaysia business and increasing the capacity and capability of the site and its employees,” says Scott McLarty, Spirit’s vice president and general manager, U.K. and Malaysia. “The site is at the epicenter of growth in aerospace, and we expect our presence here to keep pace with the needs of OEMs, airlines and the flying public.”
Construction on the new logistics warehouse began in October 2017 at Spirit’s campus in the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre near Kuala Lumpur. The company says the expansion will free up manufacturing space and improve the site’s capacity to rapidly build complex aerostructures for high-rate production programs at a competitive cost.
This is not the only expansion the company has seen this year. In May, Spirit AeroSystems broke ground on construction of a Global Digital Logistics Center in Wichita, Kansas to meet increasing demand for Boeing and Airbus aircraft. A spokesperson for the company says the Wichita location will operate independently from the new logistics warehouse in Malaysia.
With eventual expansion in mind, Spirit says the new warehouse building and its supporting infrastructure have been designed to provide flexibility to add another 75,000 sq. ft. of warehousing space at some point in the future.