TurbineAero broke ground for an auxiliary power unit (APU) MRO facility in Thailand that will allow it to consolidate the capabilities it has acquired via acquisition into one place and accommodate its growing business. It hopes to open the facility in the first half of 2019.
TurbineAero launched as an independent APU aftermarket specialist in February 2017 after acquiring the assets of Triumph Air Repair and Triumph Engines in the U.S., and one month later, Triumph Aviation Services-Asia in Thailand. Then in May 2018, it exercised an option to purchase 100% of Triumph Aviation Services Asia APU repair product line, which repaired APU components in Chonburi.
Chonburi, near Bangkok, is where TurbineAero is building the 80,000-sq.-ft. facility that will include three APU test cells. The company says the state-of-the-art facility and equipment should allow it to improve APU service turnaround times, efficiency and performance there.
The Thailand facility will service Asian and some European customers.
The company did not disclose investment details.
In related news, to accommodate year over year business growth and expansion, TurbineAero expanded its leadership team and named Robert Wilson, one of the company’s board of directors, as CEO. He and Rob Higby, who is moving from CEO to COO, were part of the business since its founding and have complimentary business skills. The leadership change allows Wilson, a 27-year Honeywell veteran, to lead the business and Higby to focus on go-to-market strategy.