Airbus picks SDMK as one of its global suppliers of jigs


European aircraft manufacturer Airbus SAS has chosen local engineering solutions provider SDMK Sdn Bhd as one of its global suppliers of jigs for its composite repairs.

SDMK MD Yew Seik Wai said the company was awarded four packages with one jig for each package, where SDMK will manufacture jigs for composite repair of aircraft rudder and elevator for the A320 and A330 programmes.

“This is a repair station we are building for a centre that Airbus started in Thailand,” Yew told a media briefing in Shah Alam yesterday.

He said the manufacturing of the jigs started in October last year and the company hopes to deliver the finished product in a year’s time.

Yew, however, declined to disclose the value of the Airbus contract.

“We hope there will be more future packages (from Airbus) based on what we have delivered,” he said.

SDMK’s selection is in line with Airbus’ overall strategy to develop a broader industrial and services footprint especially in Asia.

Airbus International Cooperation Malaysia and Singapore chief François de Bortoli said Malaysia is an important partner for Airbus for supplies of composite structures, design and analysis, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and aircraft engineering and repair services.

“This new contract is a key contributor to broaden the capacity and capability of the local aerospace industry.”

Airbus, he said, is also thankful to key local institutions like Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and Malaysian Investment Development Authority for the support given so far.

He said Airbus expects the Asia-Pacific region to continue to lead demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years. In its recent forecast for the region, the company said passenger traffic is expected to increase by 5.6% and this will require some 12,800 new aircraft valued at US$2 trillion (RM8.41 trillion).

Airbus said the demand for its aircraft will represent 40% of global orders for 32,600 aircraft over the next 20 years.

In the last 10 years, Airbus led in sales in the Asia-Pacific region in both the single-aisle and widebody markets.


Reference:

Mokhriz Mokhtar 2016, ‘Airbus picks SDMK as one of its global suppliers of jigs’, The Malaysian Reserve, issue February 24, 2016, http://www.themalaysianreserve.com/new/story/airbus-picks-sdmk-one-its-global-suppliers-jigs

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