First Asia Aerospace City milestone expected in 2018

Kim-Hwa KHOO - 01-juil.-2015 05:11:00
  The Asia Aerospace City (AAC) development is touted as the aerospace business hub that offers a complete business ecosystem for industry players in South East Asia, and is currently developing its infrastructure at its Subang Nexus. The development will be executed in three phases and by the end of its third phase, AAC will house office space, training centres, a convention centre, a business hotel and retail spaces. With 3.5 million square feet, the infrastructure is also home to the second campus of University Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT). The first phase of the aerospace hub will begin construction in the first quarter of 2016, in which its Subang Nexus is expected to complete in early 2018. Atkins, one of the world’s leading architectural firms, was awarded the contract to serve as the master designer for the development of a sustainable and innovative design for AAC using the LEED green building rating system. Skyvax Sdn Bhd and Strand Aerospace Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SAM) which provide aviation related services and engineering services are among some of the industry players that have agreed to house their operations in this aerospace hub.

French aeronautical industry set for new heights as global demand skyrockets

Harold MEURISSE - 07-janv.-2015 04:18:31
Airbus, headquartered in the French city of Toulouse, projects that the global number of in service passenger aircrafts will double by 2033, to 31,400. The usual suspects can explain this rise in demand: change in demographics in developing economies, and tastes and preferences of their emerging middle class. Who will benefit from this near certain doubling of the market? Certainly one of the strongest cases comes from Airbus and the rest of the 3,000 French companies working in the field of aerospace.   More than Airbus   The European aviation industry, the production, maintenance and support of civil aircraft, is currently second largest in the world following the US’s Boeing led sector. It is undeniably integral to France in producing jobs and growth, as it is the largest foreign looking sector with 22 billion euros in net exports. Many SMEs depend and service Airbus and these will directly benefit from the impending expansion of the giant’s aircraft deliveries, as for the A320 for example, rising from 42 to the target of 50 planes per month.   Aside Airbus’s presence, there are many smaller companies that have succeeded independently and are capturing attention abroad. For example, Mapaero produces paint for airplane interiors and exteriors, such as for aircraft’s wheels. They rapidly acquire new airlines as clients, the company being particularly innovative as its products are in line with recent EU regulations restricting chemicals in paint. The company’s attempts to limit impact on environment will also secure it a bright future.   Ready for Take Off   The French aviation industry is currently well diversified, mature and a world leader. What are its prospects for the future? It seems hard for things to get better, but it certainly looks this way. Brice Robin, Ubifrance’s project head explains that the industry is not lingering on its current successes: “Yes, over the last 100 years France has a history with aviation. This however is never enough, and we have to look to innovation for the future. For example French companies spend an average of 14% of their revenues on R&D.”   Innovation is incredibly important for France to extend its advantage in a market that requires the utmost quality in order to ensure the security and longevity of its very expensive products to its prospective clients. Mr. Robin adds that there is an industry pressure for firms to “deliver faster, perfect parts with high level of quality, and better products with new technology, such as lower weight.”   There are competitors arising in developing markets such as Brazil, China and Russia. However, they are likely to have difficulty in competing with France’s knowhow and completeness of services. Mr. Robin explains, as an example, that the French maintenance’s market provides a one-stop shop for clients and this reduces costs as well as being convenient: “Today buyers don’t only look at the cost of aircraft, but also the maintenance and all else surrounding the aircraft since they will keep the aircraft for 25 to 35 years. They will also be renovating the aircraft interior every 5 to 10 years.” An airline doing business in France will not only purchase from Airbus but also look to other French companies, some located as near as the Toulouse metropolitan area, that provide maintenance and other support in usage such as refurbishment.    Mr. Robin puts this all in perspective of the emerging competition of the French industry: “Clients cannot supply all of their parts and components from a new player in an emerging market because some technologies, materials, designs, and new processes there will not be available and this is a French advantage.“ For example, for the maintenance of certain structural parts that are produced by Airbus, there is a requirement of special certification that can only be found amongst French engineers.   Ubifrance and French SMEs   Ubifrance helps French companies find clients and partners abroad. For example, Win MS participated with Ubifrance at trade shows in Dubai and was able to attain contacts with local airlines. Their aeronautical maintenance equipment were very impressive to Qatar Air, world’s second most preferred airline according to the World Airline Awards.    Aeroform provides repairing equipment for composite materials, much of which can be found in the structure of modern aircrafts. The company was looking for one distributor in Spain and Germany, and with help of Ubifrance was able to attain a list of seven to ten possible suitors in each of the markets. In three months they signed one distributor in each country and are now working with Ubifrance to achieve the same results in the Russian market.     For further information about French exporting companies, please go to:   Airbus: http //     Aeroform :   Mapaero :  

French mechanical engineering sector builds itself into a global leader

Harold MEURISSE - 21-oct.-2014 09:45:01
Véronique Cuziol, project head at Ubifrance, believes that the French mechanical engineering sector shows the best of the French manufacturing: “No, not all French industries are in decline. Some sectors are successful. For example, the mechanical engineering industry.” What exactly is this stellar industry all about? Mechanical engineering firms are diverse in products and services, but broadly they service and produce valued added products for the automobile, aerospace and railway industries.   The French mechanical engineering industry has a turnover of 113 billion euros annually, of which 45.6 billion are exported. These figures rank sixth worldwide and third within Europe. Overall there are over 50000 companies in the industry, including a few large players (Fives, Alstom, Areva and Air Liquide) and a healthy majority of smaller companies: 95% of all firms are  SMEs and start-ups.   Besides the USA and China, European markets are the traditional destinations of French exports in this sector. Germany remains by far the biggest importer. Therefore it’s not surprising that a great part of French mechanical engineering companies can be found at the world’s biggest industrial fair in Germany, the Hannover Messe.   French companies, and in particular SMEs, have been exceptionally effective in leveraging the country’s research clusters, some of the best in the world, into innovative solutions. A great example is the Mont Blanc Industries cluster, which specializes in precision machining, mechatronics and other advanced industrial techniques. There is a collective, national interest in creating what is being called the “Factory of the Future”: disruptive investments in technologies such as energy efficiency, 3d printing, and advanced robotics that will redefine the future of manufacturing through increased efficiency and reduction in costs.   Some of these French start-ups are making big splashes with innovative products. For example the French Expliseat, founded in 2011, produces the world’s lightest seat while also offering an innovative and ergonomic design, the “Titanium Seat.” Expliseat has recently received certification from the FAA (Federal American Aviation Administration) and can therefore supply the US aircraft industry.   Another example of a successful subsector is the textile machinery manufacturing: French firms offer extremely targeted and innovative products and an excellent customer service, as well as a highly skilled workforce.   The top 100 French subcontracting companies include a number of large businesses such as the LISI Group, which has a turnover of over one billion euros. There are also a myriad of smaller but nevertheless very ambitious companies such as Manoir Industries: specializing in metal forging and foundry, their objective is to become the world’s leader in the production of metals for the nuclear, oil & gas, petro-chemistry and construction sectors.   One must remember that France is one of the most attractive countries in Europe in terms of foreign investments, ranking 4th in the world in terms of industrial FDI. This is no surprise give that foreign investors have access to the second biggest economy in Europe, third highest hourly labour productivity, excellent infrastructure, and a central geographic position. Furthermore, France ranks second in Europe for the number of patent applications, with one in ten of these patents being the result of collaboration between a French and a foreign company.   Ubifrance, the French agency for export promotion, has 80 offices overseas. Its role is to help French companies in marketing their products abroad, as well assist foreign companies in finding French suppliers or partners.   More information about French companies : French exporters directory

Airbus eyes tie-up with Malaysian firms

Rafizah MAZLAN - 03-févr.-2014 04:01:40
AIRBUS Group NV has agreed to work with companies in Malaysia to study feedstocks in the region that may be suitable for making cleaner jet fuel. The airplane maker will work with groups such as Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Toulouse-based Airbus said in an emailed statement. "Southeast Asia is a wide and productive region in terms of biomass. According to our latest Global Market Forecast, Asia Pacific will lead in world traffic by 2032," Airbus new energies programme manager Frederic Eychenne said in the statement yesterday.  The partners will study sustainable feedstocks and evaluate costs and technologies to help drive the commercialisation of cleaner aviation fuel. Airbus is working on similar projects in other parts of the world, including Canada, China and Europe. Airbus and Boeing Co are among plane makers building supply networks for alternative fuel as the industry seeks to cut carbon-dioxide emissions in half by 2050, compared with 2005 levels.  Airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air-France KLM Group already have flown passenger planes using kerosene blended with fuel made from inedible plants and organic waste. Source: Bloomberg, Business Times

Malaysia Welcomes More Investments From France

MAZLAN Rafizah - 08-nov.-2013 09:55:42
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin  welcomes more investments from France, particularly in new growth areas in high-technology, high value-added, knowledge-based and skills-intensive industries which provide high-income jobs. He said this during a roundtable meeting with french industry captains during his official visits of 5 days to France early this month.  In his speech, Tan Sri Muhyiddin said that  given the strong level of French technological expertise and innovative culture, Malaysia believed that there were many opportunities for investments by the French companies, especially in a number of key sectors in which France was known to have excelled, such as the aerospace, motor vehicle, machinery and chemical industries. In 2012, France was Malaysia’s 16th largest trading partner with total trade of US$6.02 billion (RM19.10 billion). T he country is also ranked the 14th largest foreign investor in the manufacturing sector in Malaysia with investment of over US$1 billion (RM3.17 billion). According to the Deputy Prime Minister, t he French investments are in major sectors like petroleum and petrochemical, machinery and equipment, chemical and chemical products, transport equipment, and basic metal products. Visit this link for the entire article: Source: Bernama

French company inauguration : ALTRAN opens a Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur

Zehra ABBAS - 20-févr.-2013 08:13:44
As part of the growth strategy to develop new business opportunities in Asia, Philippe Salle Chairman and Chief Executive of the Altran group has inaugurated on Febuary, 19th, the new regional office in Kuala Lumpur. Deputy International Trade, Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and the Ambassador of France Martine Dorance were specially present for this French company inauguration. With 30 years of experience in innovation and high-tech engineering consulting, Altran has decided to set up an office in Malaysia where a young and growing population with increasing income in the SEA region has already attracted more multinational companies. Most of key players in the aerospace have now established operations to serve the growing demand. Malaysia is home to all of Altran’s significant technology solutions - Aviation, Healthcare, Telecoms and Transportation and delivering solutions to support Malaysia’s local infrastructure. The stage is set to transform Malaysia into a leading global economy with high value engineers and innovation.  Source :  The Star and EIN News

Strand Aerospace Malaysia signs resourcing agreements with two French companies: SNECMA (Safran group) and AKKA Technologies

Magali Voisin-Ratelle - 30-juil.-2012 12:17:35
Strand Aerospace Malaysia (SAM) the lead company in the Economic Transformation Programme initiative to grow Malaysia’s Engineering Services industry today signed a resourcing agreement with SNECMA (Safran group) and AKKA Technologies at one of the world’s premier airshows here in the United Kingdom. The agreement was signed by Didier Desnoyer, Vice President of SNECMA’s Military Engine division, Jean-Franck RICCI, Executive Vice President of AKKA Technologies and Naguib Mohd Nor, Chief Operating Officer of SAM. The agreement address initiatives of the Malaysian Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) to increase high end design and analysis workflow to Malaysia through strategic alliances with large Multinational Companies (MNC’s). Through these agreements, the parties are targeting contract values upwards of RM 5million per year in Engineering Services manhours. Malaysia’s Minister of Defense, Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi was on hand to witness the event that represents a significant milestone in the advancement of Malaysian aerospace technology. This agreement will see SAM’s expert Malaysian engineers engaged in the design of aircraft engines and structural components. SNECMA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aircraft and space engines, is willing to expand through this agreement its engine design capabilities and to develop its long term business with Malaysia on major civil and military aviation programs. Similarly AKKA Technologies a world leading Engineering Services company aims through this strategic alliance to increase its manpower capacity as well as provide a capability to support its future Asian markets. With a strong existing base, Malaysia is well-positioned to grow Engineering Services. It has a large number of engineering graduates to fill its workforce needs. It has also strong domestic demand, driven by the local aerospace manufacturing and MRO industries. Source SNECMA Press  
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