SR Technics opens for business in Malaysia

aviation_newsSR Technics has successfully ramped-up the start of operations at its new Center of Excellence for component maintenance in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first components to undergo repair include hydraulic pumps, ballscrew actuators, power drive units and audio control panels.

The repair facility will initially support around 300 part numbers, rising to 1,200 by the end of 2014. It will be equipped to handle many labor-intensive repairs, covering five main product areas: avionics panels, hydraulics, mechanical, pneumatics and electrical.

The location will initially operate under European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval. Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Malaysia approval should be secured in February and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval is planned for April. Further approvals from other national aviation authorities will be secured later this year.

In addition, Malaysia will also become the base for the company’s Regional Customer Service and Distribution Centers for its Asia Pacific-based Integrated Component Services (ICS) customers, managing all their component supply needs. These are scheduled to become operational in Q1 and Q2 respectively.

The new set-up in Kuala Lumpur is part of the overall strategy to develop a comprehensive global operational footprint, designed to place the company close to its customers. This approach enables the provision of best-in-class service level performance, through increased effectiveness, cost efficiency and responsiveness in the same cultural environment.

SR Technics Malaysia Sdn Bhd has a total of 109 staff, 94% of whom are Malaysian nationals. All new operational employees have undergone a dedicated training program to ensure SR Technics’ exacting Swiss quality standards are fully maintained. In addition, a senior team from the company’s Swiss headquarters will be on-site during the ramp-up to provide project management and technical support.

André Wall, President at SR Technics, comments: “This is a milestone for SR Technics firmly cementing our presence in the Asia Pacific market. With more than 50,000 internal component shop visits annually, we are one of the largest aircraft component maintenance providers in the world and having in-region repair capability in Asia Pacific brings benefits to both our single component services and ICS customers, which are located there. With wider component repair capacity, we will be able to focus more on in-sourcing new repairs, which is fundamental to our commitment to offering customers intelligent and cost-efficient component services.”

Heinz Freimann, General Manager Malaysia, comments: “Opening a new facility of this scale requires an exceptionally strong project team to ensure everything happens on time, on budget and is fully compliant with local laws and regulations. I would like to thank all our external and internal partners, the SR Technics team in Malaysia, suppliers and the Malaysia Government for their support, enabling us to make this project a success.”

Source and Photo: SR Technics

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