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In 1985, Lockheed Aircra Systems acquired a
stake in Airod. e following year, the facility was
made a heavy maintenance centre for C-130s, since
when it has completed more than 230 heavy checks
for Hercules operators around the world. Lockheed
sold the stake back to Airod in the early 1990s.
e setting up of the Skypark xed-base operation
(FBO) in Subang opened a new chapter for business
aviation in Malaysia, attracting Switzerland-based
ExecuJet Aviation Group and Australia's Hawker
Paci c to set up operations.
Skypark FBO Malaysia, which operates Terminal
3 at Subang Airport, provides aircra operators, their
passengers and crews with ground-handling services
and a VIP Lounge for business-jet operations.
Malaysian composites specialist Composite
Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) has
now rmed up plans to expand its research and
development (R&D) activities in collaboration with
various global technolog y partners. e work will
cover testing, metal parts, tooling production, new
production technologies and design capabilities as
part of the company's aim to enhance and remain
competitive in the international market.
e company now has two R&D centres: one in
Cyberjaya, 40km outside Kuala Lumpur and the other
in Batu Berandam. It plans to invest substantially
in the construction of more such facilities, acquire
new high-end machinery and new manufacturing
technology to cater to developing business needs
and growing customer demand. The amount of
investment required and details of how funding will
be obtained are now being worked out.
CTRM declined to give details of the technolog y
it uses for component production, citing competitive
reasons. It is currently involved in both aerospace and
non-aerospace industries. On the aerospace front, the
company is focused on manufacturing composite
components for Boeing and Airbus aircra through
its subsidiary CTRM Aero Composites, which is also
located in Batu Berendam.
For Boeing aircraft, CTRM makes parts for
the 737NG, 777 and 787 Dreamliner, while also
producing components for Airbus's A380-800,
A350 XWB and A320 family aircra and the Airbus
Military A400M transport. For the A320 family,
CTRM is the single-source component supplier for
the aircra wing, covering 20 percent of the wing
e composites specialist said almost half of the
more than 5,000 A320s currently in ser vice use its
wing components. e company makes over-wing
panels, movable fairings, xed fairings and spoilers
for the A320, and xed fairings, under-wing panels
and falsework for the A321.
For the International Aero Engines V2500
turbofan, which powers some A320s, CTRM
produces the actuator cover blank cascade, blank
cascade, cone torque box, torque ring fairing , outer
panel, cone torque and torque ring.
CTRM also o ers MRO ser vices for small general
aviation aircra such as the two -seater Eagle Aircra
150B, and the Cessna 300 and 400.
CTRM started composite components
manufacturing for Airbus in 2000, for the company's
A300 model. Since then, the company has secured
projects from its main customer BAE Systems (now
Spirit AeroSystems) as a second-tier subcontractor for
Airbus aircra . Later, its customer base broadened
with contracts from Airbus UK, EADS, CASA
Spain, EADS Germany, Goodrich Aerostructures
(US), GKN Aerospace UK and Korean Air, the
company's rst customer in Asia.
CTRM has an all-Malaysian workforce of 1,300,
with some additional expatriates on contract. e
company started operations in November 1990, with
the Ministry of Finance as its principle shareholder. Its
rst business technolog y partner was Eagle Aircra
of Australia .
CTRM Aviation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
CTRM, started producing the light Eagle 150B
aircra in 1990. e project was seen as the rst major
step taken by CTRM to position itself as one of the
preferred composites aero component manufacturer
A er producing 22 Eagle 150Bs, CTRM Aviation
stopped production in 2006 as there was insu cient
demand. The company has leased 20 aircraft to
Malaysian flying schools in Langkawi and Kota
CTRM Aviation is diversifying its operations to
strengthen its position in the local and regional general
aviation sector. One of its goals is to provide more
MRO ser vices for light aircra in the GA industry.
It has secured certi cation from the Department of
Civil Aviation in Putrajaya to carry out maintenance
for 37 light-aircra types including the Eagle 150B,
Cessna 300, Cessna 400, Diamond Aircra DA42
and Cirrus SR20G3.
Last year, the CTRM Group reported a pro t
of RM33.6 million (US$10.5 million) on sales of
The Malaysian government is offering financial
and tax incentives to companies that invest in the
country's aerospace industry, as part of a plan to
attract investment and boost the sector. e plan
covers R&D, manufacturing and assembly, systems
integration, aerospace training , general aviation and
The incentives would vary from company to
company, depending on their involvement and what
they o er. Companies o ering MRO services will
also receive import-duty and sales-tax exemption on
raw materials, components, tooling , equipment and
e Malaysian aerospace industry has recorded
11 percent growth each year from 2004 to 2008,
expanding by as much as 14 percent in 2009,
despite the global economic slowdown. However,
the industry faces a shortage of skilled personnel,
especially licensed aircra -maintenance engineers.
Malaysia would need another 16,000 such personnel
The Economic Planning Unit in the Prime
Minister's department is coordinating with the
various aviation companies and government agencies
to help address the problem.
e industry now employs about 51,000 people
TOM CLAYTON/THAI FLYING CLUB
CTRM Aviation started producing the Eagle 150B in 1990.
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