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Airbus sets up customer service centre in Malaysia

Kim Hwa KHOO - 02-nov.-2015 08:06:59
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has launched officially its RM24mil customer service centre in Sepang, Malaysia on 29th October 2015. Based at its joint-venture maintenance unit Sepang Aircraft Engineering facility, Airbus Customer Service in Malaysia will provide major aircraft engineering and repair design services such as retrofits, modifications, and complex repairs to the their global customers. The centre would provide employment to over 130 skilled local and international engineers and mechanics, including returning talents when fully operational.

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: http://www.ubifrance.com/french-exporters-directory/companies.aspx?k=&z=&c=&ca=3&sca=75   Airbus: http //www.airbus.com/     Aeroform : http://www.aeroform-france.fr/   Mapaero : http://www.mapaero.com/en/  

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

AirAsia X inks MoU for US$13.8b Airbus deal

Rafizah MAZLAN - 16-juil.-2014 07:48:31
AirAsia X has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to purchase 50 A330neo plus an additional 50 purchase rights with Airbus in a deal valued at US$13.8bil.  AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group said late Tuesday this was the world’s first airline commitment for the new version of the A330 launched by Airbus this week. "The deal is valued at US$13.8bil at catalogue prices and deliveries will take place between 2018 and 2024," it said.   The agreement was signed at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK by AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégie.Present to witness the signing of the MoU was and was witnessed by AirAsia X co-founder and director Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Airbus chief operating officer, customers, John Leahy.   The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330-neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features.The A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. Airbus said A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.   Source: The Star  

AirAsia X signs MoU for US$13.8b Airbus deal

Caroline Pelaez-Hue - 16-juil.-2014 06:06:45
AirAsia X has inked an MoU to purchase 50 A330neo plus an additional 50 purchase rights with Airbus in a deal valued at US$13.8bil. The agreement was signed at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK by AirAsia X chief executive officer Azran Osman-Rani and Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégie. The AirAsia Group is the world’s first airline commitment for the new version of the A330 launched by Airbus this week. The deal is valued at US$13.8bil at catalogue prices and deliveries will estimate between 2018 and 2024. The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo, the two new members of the Airbus Family, incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. The A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. www.thestar.com.my

RM2.1 billion allocate to acquire seven Airbus A330-300 aircraft

Rafizah MAZLAN - 12-juin-2014 05:52:03
AirAsia X Bhd will allocate at least RM2.1 billion in 2014 as capex to acquire seven new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, said Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman Rani.   He told Bernama that to date, the long-haul budget airline had received three aircraft, while the rest would be delivered gradually by year-end.   The airline received one Airbus A330-300 on finance lease and two A330-300s on an operating lease in the first quarter of the year.   "We are on track to settling the aircraft orders that we have committed to. Each of the aircraft will cost more than RM300 million and financing is through a variety of means," he said.   Currently, AirAsia X is operating 16 A330-300 aircraft.   To read more on the article, please visit: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/newsindex.php?id=1043398   Source: BERNAMA

AirAsia to implement Airbus Managed Inventory service

Rafizah MAZLAN - 23-avr.-2014 10:03:03
AirAsia has signed an agreement to implement the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service for its A320 and A330 fleets at bases in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The AMI service, which underlines Airbus’ strategy in offering customized services based on latest industry standards, ensures the automatic and continuous replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.   With this selection, AirAsia becomes the fourth customer in the region to choose the AMI automated inventory management solution. This service supports Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By capturing material consumption information in real-time and automatically triggering replenishment orders within the agreed inventory levels, the service guarantees high on-shelf part availability while decreasing the overall inventory stock level. Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer offering the most modern, innovative and efficient family of passenger airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Source: Airbus Press Release
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Welcome to the French Trade Commission – Business France office in Malaysia! “Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.” As a member of the French diplomatic network in Malaysia, Business France’s three missions are: - Fostering export growth by French businesses. - Promoting and facilitating international investment in France.

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