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In Europe, ST Aerospace holds a majority 71.3
percent stake in the Denmark-based component-
repair operation ST Aerospace Solutions (Europe),
formerly called SAS Component. e Singaporean
company rst acquired 67 percent of SAS Component
in early 2006, increasing the shareholding to 71.3
percent later that year.
The Singapore company has made overseas
expansion a key element of its strategy, reinforcing its
position as a leading global MRO ser vices provider.
Crucial successes have been won in the US, where
the company s ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering
subsidiary carries out passenger-to -freighter
conversions on behalf of customers such as FedEx,
which awarded the company a seven-year contract
in 2007, covering the conversion of 87 Boeing 757-
In January 2011, ST Aerospace announced
progress on yet another Chinese venture, when
ST Aerospace (Guangzhou) Aviation Ser vices,
received business licence from the Administration
of Industry and Commerce of the Guangzhou
Municipality to establish an aircra repair facility
in Guangzhou, China .
is follows an initial announcement made on
20 July 2010 that ST Aerospace had concluded
discussions to set up a commercial aircra heavy
maintenance facility the Chinese city. ST Aerospace
(Guangzhou) a joint venture between Guangdong
Airport Management Corporation (which holds a
51 percent stake) and ST Aerospace (which holds
49 percent). The venture had already received
endorsement from the CAAC and approval from
the Ministry of Commerce.
ST Aerospace (Guangzhou), which will have a
total paid-up capital of US$99 million, will be an
associated company of ST Aerospace and will be
operated and managed as a part of the Singapore
company s global MRO network. It is expected to
begin operations in the second half of 2013, o ering
services for Airbus, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas
Meanwhile, investment in the company s domestic
capacity continues. The company unveiled its
newest maintenance hangar in Singapore in 2008,
operated by wholly-owned subsidiary ST Aerospace
Engineering (STA Engineering), at Seletar Airport.
e two-bay hangar cost S$17.3 million to build
and is capable of accommodating up to two, single-
Before the addition of this new hangar, the
company already had seven available narrowbody
aircra maintenance bays at Seletar. ST Aerospace
also has ve widebody bays at its facilities at Changi
Airport, and capacity for another three widebodies
and four narrowbodies at its Paya Lebar site.
At the same time, the MRO provider opened a
new engine test facility at its ST Aerospace Engines
subsidiary in Paya Lebar, a er an investment of S$20
million. According to the company, the facility is
"capable of testing the next generation of commercial
engines and military a erburning engines with up to
The addition of the test facility allowed STA
Engines to launch its CFM56-5B MRO capability,
as well as preparing it to handle engines such as the
General Electric GE 110, which powers Singapore s
Boeing F-15 ghters.
ST Aerospace has said it will continue to invest
incrementally in its facilities at home, to meet the
needs of its customers.
ST Aerospace's services include passenger-to-freighter conversion capabilities.
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