ST Engineering’s Commercial Aerospace business is set to expand its capacity with the establishment of a state-of-the-art airframe maintenance facility at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).
The new development resoponds to the growing demand for airframe maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services in the Asia Pacific region.
Singapore Airframe MRO Facility
The upcoming airframe facility is designed to cater to widebody aircraft, equipped with four spacious hangar bays that include a hybrid paint and maintenance bay.
This expansive 84,000 square meter facility comes with an estimated cost of S$170 million, covering both construction and equipment expenses.
The timeline for development anticipates the first hangar bay to be operational by mid-2025, with the remaining three to be ready by the end of 2026.
Upon reaching full operational capacity, this facility is poised to contribute an impressive 1.3 million manhours annually, equivalent to approximately 10% of ST Engineering’s current global airframe MRO capacity.
In terms of job creation, the facility is expected to generate over 550 positions, ranging from licensed aircraft engineers to planning and production control specialists, mechanics, and warehouse and logistics personnel.
Japan Airlines, a longstanding partner of ST Engineering, is set to be the inaugural airline to utilize this facility for aircraft servicing.
A Leap Forward
Jeffrey Lam, President of Commercial Aerospace at ST Engineering, emphasized the importance of this development for the company. He stated, “This is a significant development for us given that the Asia Pacific region is one of the key markets for ST Engineering.”
“With the regional aerospace industry poised to grow strongly in the coming decade, the additional capacity will allow us to better fulfill our commitment to longstanding customers to support their rising maintenance needs, as well as to capture future growth opportunities.”
“This new significant commitment in Singapore also underlines the fact that Singapore continues to be a strategic growth location even as we expand our footprint in other global markets.”
Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President at Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), expressed support for this venture. “Singapore’s aerospace industry is well-positioned for growth as global air travel rebounds,” he said.
“EDB is delighted to support ST Engineering, a successful homegrown enterprise, to capture new business opportunities leveraging Singapore’s position as a leading MRO hub in the Asia Pacific region.”
“We look forward to the exciting career opportunities for Singaporeans in this industry with positive long-term prospects,” he concluded.
As part of ST Engineering’s commitment to environmental sustainability and operational efficiency, the new facility will incorporate green and smart technology features.
These advancements include the installation of solar panels on the hangar roof, harnessing solar energy to meet a portion of its electricity requirements.
Additionally, automated guided vehicles will be employed for the retrieval and transportation of tools and parts, reducing manual labor and enhancing productivity.
The facility will also adopt digital tools to facilitate paperless operations, streamlining processes and minimizing waste.
A Global Leader in Airframe MRO
With a global presence spanning Asia-Pacific, the U.S., and Europe, ST Engineering stands as the world’s largest third-party airframe MRO service provider.
Boasting a capacity of over 13 million manhours and a remarkable track record of more than 45 years in delivering tailored airframe maintenance solutions, the company continues to lead the industry in innovation and excellence.
With the addition of the new airframe maintenance facility at Changi Creek, ST Engineering reaffirms its confidence and commitment to Singapore as a strategic hub for aerospace operations.
This initiative not only meets the immediate needs of the Asia Pacific region but also positions the company to seize emerging opportunities in the dynamic aerospace market.
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