STATCO opens Xiamen engine facility

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ST Aerospace Technologies (Xiamen) Co (STATCO) has unveiled its new engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Xiamen, China.

STATCO is a joint venture company of Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace) and Xiamen Aviation Industry.

The $78 million facility has the capacity to support up to 300 engines yearly.

STATCO will initially provide MRO and total support for the CFM International CFM56-7B and CFM56-5B series of engines that power narrowbody aircraft such as the Boeing 737 next generation aircraft and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

The joint venture has received the Part 145 certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). It has also received approvals from the US Federal Aviation Administration and South Korea's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs for maintenance of the CFM56-7B series of engines.

The facility is located on a 38,620m² plot of land near Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and has a built-up area of 29,860m².

The facility's engine shop is equipped with fully-automated cleaning processes and a high speed grinder to further improve turnaround times. STATCO also has a computerised data acquisition engine test facility that is capable of testing up to 90,000lb (400kN) of thrust.

The facility complements ST Aerospace's engine MRO facility in Singapore, which can handle up to 350 engines annually.