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and the many synergies from being in an integrated
environment," says JTC.
"There is also significant scope for new
industry collaborations through the Park's shared
infrastructure within a tightly-knit aerospace
business community. Companies in the SAP enjoy
the convenience and cost savings from the proximity
of suppliers, customers and partners within the Park,"
says the developer.
Joining aerospace industry heavyweights such as
power systems and aircraft engines giant Rolls-Royce
and MRO company ST Aerospace are Bombardier,
the first OEM aircraft company in the SAP, as well as
MRO provider Vector Aerospace, which broke ground
on its new facility in November last year.
Pratt & Whitney has started the construction of its
first manufacturing plant to complement its current
MRO facility, and Jet Aviation has made plans for a
new hangar. There are also more homegrown SMEs
such as Wah Son Engineering and MAJ Aviation
taking up land and land-based facilities in the Park.
JTC says it recognises that these SMEs form a
critical part of the aerospace ecosystem, and their
presence will strengthen the industry cluster within
JTC has completed Phase 1 and 2 of the SAP
and has embarked on the third (and final) phase of
development. "Recognising the value proposition
of the Park, several international aerospace players
have sited themselves in the SAP. Land from both
phases has been fully taken up, which indeed attests
to the benefits that these companies see in being in
this community," says the developer.
The Park is also now linked to Seletar West Link
from West Camp Road, enabling motorists from
Yishun Avenue 1, Seletar West Link and Seletar North
Link to enjoy ease of access to West Camp Road.
JTC's ready-built facilities in the Park, including
the JTC Aviation One @ SAP and JTC aeroSpace
@ SAP, which enable quick start-up, are also nearly
fully taken up by companies.
The first, called the JTC Aviation One @ SAP,
is a multi-tenanted facility that hosts companies
supporting the business aviation sector. It
offers seven storeys of light industrial space to
accommodate aerospace companies providing
support services such as fixed-based operation,
MRO and supply of aircraft parts and freight
forwarding. With unit sizes ranging from 44m2 to
200m2, the JTC Aviation One @ SAP allows quick
start-up for aerospace companies who wish to have
a presence in the park.
The JTC aeroSpace @ SAP serves as a key Asia-
Pacific hub for aircraft component manufacturing
and MRO. It provides a series of eight land-based
ready-built factories with gross floor areas ranging
from 1,600m2 to 3,600m2 and functional layouts with
extended mezzanine floors.
Following the success of the first two phases of
development, JTC has embarked on the infrastructure
development for the third phase, which comprises
an additional 60 hectares of land. JTC will also be
developing more ready-built facilities at the SAP to
support the growing community.
There may be cheaper locations in the region, but
when you add all the costs, including the hidden
ones, then it's hard to beat Singapore.
At the ground breaking ceremony last year, Vector
Aerospace president and CEO, Declan O'Shea,
said, "We know the quality of workforce is here, we
just have to attract them. Whereas if you look at other
countries in the region, we would have had to grow
that quality ourselves."
Vector Aerospace looked at various sites in
south-east Asia, before settling on Singapore. "The
attractions are its location - it's easy to get in and
out of and it's easy to get engines in and out. It also
has a well trained and qualified workforce and a very
established aerospace background," said O'Shea.
Others have also noted the importance of a trained
workforce. "The basic skills that are here are very
helpful to us. It means we can employ more than
90% Singaporeans," says Jonathan Asherson,
regional director, ASEAN and Pacific at Rolls-Royce.
Even Lion Air's decision to build an MRO facility
on the Indonesian island of Batam was partly due
to its proximity to Singapore, meaning that certain
specialist parts can be easily shipped over and back.
Others in the region and further afield, such as the
UAE, are trying to copy the Singapore model, but
few, if any, can offer the same broad-base of reasons
to invest. ✈
"An optimal combination of geographic
location, connectivity, political stability,
ease of doing business, skilled
workforce and infrastructure"
JTC aeroSpace @ Seletar Aerospace Park
JTC Aviation One @ Seletar Aerospace Park
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