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SR Technics’ Asian component maintenance facility inaugurated by Chief Minister of Selangor, Malaysia

03/31/2014 | by SF Technics from press release

SR Technics’ newest component repair facility, which began operations at the end of January 2014 was officially inaugurated by YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Chief Minister for the State of Selangor, Malaysia and Mr. Felix Ammann, Head of Component Services, SR Technics at the opening ceremony on March 31, 2014. The opening was attended by over 250 guests and employees.

André Wall, Chief Executive Officer of SR Technics, said: “To meet customer needs we need a network of complementary Centers of Excellence for component maintenance across the globe. To build valuable partnerships with OEMs we must be a global operation. These were our main reasons for expanding into Asia. Fleet growth has never been stronger. It’s one of the fastest growing MRO markets in the world. At SR Technics we have seen the number of aircraft under an integrated component services agreement increase by more than 20% year-on-year over the past four years. Opening a component shop in this region therefore made absolute sense, locating us where the aircraft are, and enabling the long-term growth for our company.”

Chief Minister of Selangor, YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, said: “The State of Selangor is looking to implement a strategy to create more innovative jobs in the region, the MRO industry being one area this opportunity exists. SR Technics’ decision to set up in Shah Alam will help us support this vision. One of SR Technics’ key strengths is its commitment to training, which is extending beyond its operations, as the company works together with schools and technical institutions to develop an industry-level syllabus. I truly applaud this extensive level of commitment from SR Technics towards growing the MRO industry in Malaysia.”

SR Technics’ Center of Excellence for Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Electrical, Mechanical and Avionic Panel maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities, has taken around thirteen months to renovate and ready for operations. This included the complete refit of the facility including a new roof and windows, installation of lifts, the set of climate-controlled shops, establishment of secure warehousing, the transfer and reassembly of test benches and the in-country manufacturing of test benches and tools including two new water test benches. More than 17 shipments were sent from the company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, containing more than 1,000 pieces of tooling and spare parts, for the initial product groups.

The company employs 110 staff, thereof 77 Technicians, and 94% of whom are Malaysian nationals. A team of 12 secondees and senior management have been on-site during the ramp up to support the smooth start of operations and ensure essential knowledge transfer to the new employees. All employees working within the workshops have undergone an intensive six-month training program, combining classroom, web-based and on-the-job training (OTJ). Twenty-two of the Technicians attended a three-month OTJ program in Zurich in 2013, with a further 10 Technicians currently in Switzerland for their training.

The 150,000 square foot facility operates under European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) approvals, following the successful audits earlier this year, and by 2015 will have capabilities for 1,200 component repairs.

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