Airfoil Services (ASSB), a 50/50 joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik, has broken ground on its facility extension. This expansion will add 5,200 square meters to the facility and will increase current repair capacity from 650,000 to 900,000 parts per year by 2020. This development underlines the shareholders’ commitment to increasing its footprint and investing in Malaysia.
“There is significant market demand for airfoil repairs and we are delighted to be expanding the facility to cater to our customer’s needs,” commented Wim van Beers, managing director, ASSB. “ASSB’s rapid growth not only brings investment to the region neighboring Kuala Lumpur, it also provides additional highly-skilled job opportunities to the local population.” The company is planning to add another 200 jobs over the next three years, increasing the workforce to around 700 employees. Through its internally developed apprentice program, ASSB took on 124 local apprentices in 2018.
ASSB says it has more than 80 customers worldwide and provides a comprehensive range of airfoil repair services for high-pressure compressor (HPC) and low-pressure turbine (LPT) airfoils – for widebody and narrowbody engines such as the CF6-80C, GP7000 and the CFM56 and V2500 engine families.
MTU and Lufthansa Technik say they entered into the joint venture with the aim of providing their customers with the best possible airfoil services in the industry. Alongside repair development and baseload volume, the partners contribute knowledge, training and improved quality standards to the location.
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The picture shows (from left):
Lee Chui Hiong, CFO, Airfoil Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB)
Zahirul Ishak, Director MIDA
Dato Mohd Sayuthi Bin Bakar, Mayor of Petaling Jaya
Wim van Beers, CEO, ASSB
Tuan Amirudin Shari, Chief Minister of Selangor
Philip Mende, Head of Engine Parts and Mobile Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASSB
Holger Sindemann, EVP MRO Operations, MTU Aero Engines and Director of the Board, ASSB
Guido Gravenkoetter, COO, ASSB