Malaysia’s leading automotive components manufacturer and assembler, Sapura Industrial Berhad, has entered into a shareholders’ agreement with two well established Japanese aerospace companies to diversify into the manufacturing and assembling of aerospace components for the Malaysian and global markets.
Sapura Industrial Berhad together with Wada Aircraft Technology Co, Ltd and Aero Inc had recently incorporated Sapura Aerospace Technologies Sdn. Bhd.
Sapura Aerospace Technologies will build a high technical facility over a 5-acre site in the Greater Klang Valley area with an investment of up to RM100 million in the next five years for facilities and machineries.
On hand to witness the shareholders’ agreement documents exchange event at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2019 was the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The shareholders’ agreement represents a synergistic collaboration between the three companies in incorporating Sapura Aerospace Technologies, which will provide manufacturing and assembly services of aerospace components, sub-assemblies, tooling, jigs and fixtures, for the aerospace industry in Malaysia, Japan and globally.
Sapura Industrial Berhad, with over 35 years of experience, is a leading automotive parts manufacturer for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), specialising in precision machining, hot & cold forming and chassis & modular assembly.
Wada Aircraft Technology Co, Ltd. is involved in the business of manufacturing aerospace components, jigs, fixtures and tooling since 1964, while Aero Inc specialises in the business of assembly and manufacturing of aerospace parts since 1997.
Sapura Aerospace Technologies will benefit from the aggregated and combined resources of the three shareholders, which will bring together 110 years of manufacturing experience, a 1,500-strong team, and the operations of 11 aerospace facilities.
It will synergistically and quickly deploy the expertise of these three companies in various areas of aerospace manufacturing, business management, customer reach and deliverability.
Besides this, the companies will share capabilities including manufacturing experience and facilities, technical expertise, human resource development, professional network and business support.
Sapura Aerospace Technologies will also provide better service and competitive solutions to existing and potential customers who are major players in aircraft manufacturing and provide a good platform to expand its customer base in Japan, Malaysia and globally.
The joint-venture company is among the first Malaysian companies offering specialised and focused suit of services, particularly in high-value chain aircraft assembly and machining works, to Malaysian, Japanese, regional and envisioned global potential customers.
These potential customers include OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, such as Airbus and Boeing.
These specialised expert services to be offered by Sapura Aerospace Technologies include advanced machining, assembly of large key sections of aircraft, advanced manufacturing, high-level engineering and wide variety of manufactured materials.
Sapura Aerospace Technologies plans to construct a purpose-built high technically-specced facility with more than 200 staff to be trained (the lead group in Japan) under specially-designed programmes and accreditations. Production is expected to ramp-up in 2021.
The formation and production activities will involve various government agencies, authorities, as well as key industry players.
Sapura Aerospace Technologies is envisaged to immerse itself into, and contribute significantly to the Malaysian aerospace ecosystem. – Bernama