17 January 2015

Safran to operate from Sendayan Techvalley to supply carbon brakes for commercial aircraft worldwide

  17 January 2015

SEREMBAN: Messier Bugati Dowty (Safran), the world's leading supplier of carbon brakes for commercial airplanes, targets to be fully operational in 2017 at Sendayan Techvalley and producing 10,000 brakes for the global market.

Its chief operating officer, Jean Paul Herteman said the new facility will support its strong business growth.

"There is a strong need to address the needs of the region, where aircraft fleet is posting strong growth," he said after the inauguration ceremony here.

He said the plant, which is located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, spans 10,000 square meters and is specialised in the production of carbon brakes for commercial planes, especially Boeing 737 and Aibus A320 single aisle jets.

"Malaysia is one of the most promising aviation hubs and by expanding our operations here, we are consolidating a strong market position in the Asia Pacific market," he said.

The plant will generate one third of the groip’s carbon brakes revenue and is expected to provide about 150 job opportunities by 2018.

Safran company, which is specialising in landing and breaking systems, has already provided equipment for more than 6,000 commercial airplanes worldwide.

It is also understood that the company outfits about 200 airplanes in service in Malaysia, with equipment for another 400 under order.

While in Asia as a whole, Messier Bugatti Dowty provides carbon brakes for more than 2,000 airplanes.

The plant in Sendayan Techvalley will complement the two existing carbon disk facilities in France and one in United States.

Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Mohamad Hasan, who was also at press conference said the plant, which will produce 20 per cent supply of the world market, will make the state a favourable hub for industrial investment.

"We have the needed facilities and resources suitable to attract investors. The process of creating the carbon brakes for example, uses natural gas from here," he said.

He also pointed out that one in five airplanes may be using carbon brakes produced at the plant in Seremban.

Also present at the event were Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir who inaugurated the plant and his two sons Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz and Tunku Zain Al-bidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz.-NST

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