1. Singapore-Based Engine MRO
Companies: SIA Engineering Co. (SIAEC) and GE Aviation
Specifications: SIA Engineering and GE Aviation are creating a Singapore-based joint venture specializing in repair services for the GE90 and GE9X engine. According to GE, the entity—which will manage work for SIA Group airlines and third-party customers—will leverage best practices from the company’s “Brilliant Factory” concept to enhance productivity. Earlier this year, GE Aviation also confirmed plans to set up a manufacturing facility to produce GE9X engine parts at the Selatar Aerospace Park. Set to open in late 2018, the facility will initially staff 20, and the company says this figure could grow to 100 skilled technicians and engineers by 2020.
2. Pratt & Whitney Engine Overhaul
Company: Eagle Services Asia
Specifications: Eagle Services Asia inaugurated Pratt & Whitney (P&W) GP7200 engine overhaul capability this year, making it the only facility in Asia to service the engine type. The engine overhaul shop now offers full MRO capabilities, including the assembly/disassembly and testing of the GP7200 low-pressure compressor module. The facility is preparing to add MRO capability for the P&W Geared Turbofan PW100G-JM engine by 2019.
3. New Facilities in Malaysia and India
Company: GKN Aerospace
Specifications: GKN Aerospace is opening a new Aero Engine Component Repair and Research (AECRR) facility in southern Malaysia in 2019. The facility in Johor, which will be the company’s first engine shop in Asia, will initially repair parts for V2500 family and CFM56-5B and -7B engines. AECRR’s research functions will focus on the application of additive manufacturing for engine part repair, and the company expects the facility to start delivering product in the fourth quarter of 2019. In India, the company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Maharashtra to build a second manufacturing facility for wiring interconnection systems. The new site, in Pune, is expected to open in November, with production and customer deliveries beginning in mid-2019.
4. Indian Component Supply
Specifications: Pattonair is opening a new component supply facility in Bangalore, India, at the start of 2019. The company intends to work with customers in the country’s OEM and MRO sectors while also offering regional component manufacturers access to its existing customers such as Rolls-Royce and Boeing. To bolster the company’s first facility in India, Pattonair is joining the Access India Program—a government-backed initiative to enable investments and market entry into India by small and medium-sized UK companies.
5. Asia’s First Large-scale Aircraft Recycling Facility
Company: Aircraft Recycling International
Specifications: Aircraft Recycling International (ARI) opened what it says is Asia’s first large-scale aircraft recycling facility earlier this year in Heilongjiang, China. The 300,000-ft.2 China Aircraft Recycling Remanufacturing Base—dubbed “The Base”—will operate across a variety of business areas such as aircraft sales/purchasing, disassembly, conversion and maintenance. According to ARI, the facility has China’s largest bonded warehouse for aircraft parts, along with hangar space to accommodate both widebody and narrowbody aircraft simultaneously. ARI says the site currently has an effective handling capacity of 20 aircraft per year.
6. MRO and Technology Investments in Thailand
Company: Airbus and Thai Airways International
Specifications: Airbus and Thai Airways International are setting up a new airframe MRO joint venture at U-Tapao International Airport in Thailand. The facility will offer heavy maintenance and line services for all widebody aircraft types as well as maintenance training for technical staff. The complex will feature specialized repair shops for composite structures, and the companies plan to invest in digital technologies for maintenance data analysis and advanced inspection techniques.
7. Rapidly Growing Component Workshop
Company: Singapore Component Solutions
Specifications: Singapore Component Solutions (SCS), a joint venture of Air France and Sabena Technics, inaugurated its new workshop in Singapore’s Seletar Park earlier this year. The workshop will focus on parts for Airbus A320 family and ATR aircraft types, and its repair capabilities will cover avionics components, structural parts and cabin and safety equipment. SCS says the workshop has already doubled in size—from 25 to 60 employees—and that it plans to continue expansion over the next three years to reach 150 employees. During that time, the company also plans to develop a broad array of capabilities, such as installation of a high-tech avionics test cell and an air-cycle machine bench.