Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier is investing in S$85 million to quadruple the size of its Singapore aircraft maintenance centre to 40,000 square metres by 2020. This is part of its efforts to enhance its position in the Asia-Pacific region and cater to its growing customer base in Asia.
“This expansion is another key building block in our drive to enhance the accessibility of our OEM expertise for customers worldwide and to solidify our position as a leader in aftermarket services in the Asia-Pacific region, a pivotal growing part of our global network,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Bombardier VP and GM for customer experience.
The expanded centre will offer a range of maintenance, refurbishment and modification services and will support more than 2,000 visits a year. The centre also features a 3,500 square metre paint facility, heavy structural and composite repair capabilities and an integrated parts depot. The expansion will see an increase of employment at the service centre from the current 150 workers to 300 by 2020 which would provide an important economic engine to Singapore’s aerospace sector. Furthermore, Lynn McDonald Canadian High Commissioner to Singapore said that Bombardier’s partnerships with educational institutes would ensure creation of “highly skilled, high-paying aerospace jobs for years to come”.
“Bombardier’s expansion in Singapore is testament to our attractiveness as an aerospace hub, and our ability to capture growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Tan Kong Hwee, executive director for capital goods at the Singapore Economic Development Board. “We look forward to forging stronger ties with companies like Bombardier to grow the sector and create more good jobs for Singaporeans,” he added.
Currently, Singapore’s aerospace sector employs more than 20,000 people and is home to more than 130 aerospace companies. Singapore is responsible for more than 25 percent of Asia’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market and 10 percent of the global MRO market.
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