21 Januari 2013

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Invests in Malaysia

21 Januari 2013

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran) designs, develops and builds increasingly innovative landing systems. (photo : Safran)

French-based Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, the world's largest manufacturer of aircraft landing gear, is set to invest RM500  million in Malaysia, by establishing an aeronautical carbon brake manufacturing plant.

Its Director of Industrial Strategy, Herve Blanc said the plant, located in Senawang, Negeri Sembilan, is expected to be operational in 2018, with an initial production capacity of 300 metric tonnes of new carbon discs annually.

The factory's refurbishment capacity is expected to be 10,000 brakes in the first year of operation, with the maximum capacity at 20,000 brakes per annum.

"From 2012 to 2018, it will be the construction and ramp-up phase, with Malaysian companies being involved and benefiting from this high-technological project.

"Technip Malaysia will be the main contractor of the project, while the construction package and construction material deals will be given only to Malaysian companies," Messier-Bugatti-Dowty was quoted in an official presentation during a business matching event, here today. 

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is also anticipating to hire about 100 Malaysian engineers and technicians in various fields, to run the plant. 

The company said training will be undertaken in various forms and areas of expertise and is setting aside about RM50 million for that purpose. 

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty currently has manufacturing hubs in France and the United States, and aims to establish the proposed Malaysian plant as a Asian hub. 

The company is at present the global leader in aircraft landing and braking systems, and is a partner to 33 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers. 

A firmer commitment by the company is expected to be announced on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2013, from March 26-30.


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