Swiss maintenance provider SR Technics has inaugurated its component repair shop in Kuala Lumpur, where it is to specialise in labour-intensive tasks.
Initially, the facility will have capability to service around 300 part numbers, but that number is to rise to 1,200 by year-end, says the Zurich-based MRO subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s investment fund Mubadala.
The component range comprises electric, hydraulic, mechanical, and pneumatic equipment, as well as avionic panels.
Hydraulic pumps, ballscrew actuators, power-drive units and audio-control panels will be among the equipment initially serviced.
The facility has been certificated by the European Aviation Safety Agency and should gain its approval by Malaysia’s civil aviation department by the end of this month.
Approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be gained in April, while additional certifications should be achieved by year-end, SR Technics says.
The new site will also serve as the MRO group’s customer support office and distribution centre for SR Technics’ component maintenance programme in the Asia-Pacific region. The two functions are to become operational in the first and second quarter respectively.
Some 109 staff members have been employed for the shop, the vast majority of them Malaysian nationals and trained by SR Technics.
A small team from the MRO provider’s headquarters has been seconded to Kuala Lumpur to oversee the operational ramp-up.
Setting up the repair shop was part of Mubadala’s strategy to “develop a comprehensive global operational footprint” to improve the group’s proximity to customers in different regions, says SR Technics.
However, the additional capacity will also allow the MRO provider to expand repair capabilities at its existing facilities in Europe, says SR Technics chief executive Andre Wall.