(11/20/2006) -- The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Datuk Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, today officially launched Eurocopter Malaysia's Regional Maintenance Centre in Subang, Selangor. The event, which showcased the full-force of Eurocopter Malaysia's capabilities and resources, was witnessed by over 100 guests, made up of Cabinet Ministers, high-level representatives from the industry, loyal customers and partners.
Eurocopter Malaysia (ECM), a subsidiary of the world's No1 helicopter manufacturer's was represented by its Managing Director, Philippe Lubrano. Also present was Phillippe Harache, Executive Vice-President of Eurocopter Group in France. Eurocopter Group is a division of European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), the global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. EADS was represented by head of EADS International, Christian Duhain.
In his speech, Philippe Harache emphasised the company's commitment to optimally support customers in the region, "Eurocopter is the FIRST helicopter manufacturer to set up a complete maintenance and support facility in Malaysia with amenities located in Subang and Kerteh in the West and in Miri and Kuching in East Malaysia. Through this we have made Eurocopter Malaysia's technically outstanding helicopters more accessible to customers, while also ensuring the cost-efficient operation of these helicopters.
Continuing he said, "In addition, we have a dedicated team of more than 140 personnel working in this new state-of-the-art facility."
"Since its establishment in 2002, Eurocopter Malaysia has delivered more than 37 aircrafts. With paid-up capital of RM10 million and investments up to RM35 million, the company recorded a revenue of RM273 million in 2005, a marked increase from the RM64 million reported in 2004. In our last quarter now, I am happy to announce that the positive trend continues. Eurocopter Malaysia currently holds the largest market share in aviation industry in Malaysia", Philippe Harache stated.
Eurocopter Group today accounts for almost 40% of the civil and parapublic turbine helicopter fleet currently in service in Asia-Pacific. There is enormous growth potential in the region, both in civil and military helicopter aviation in the years to come.
In conjunction with the launch, Eurocopter also announced Phase II of Eurocopter Malaysia infrastructure development. Phase II will see an extension being built to the Regional Maintenance Centre. Work on the new hanger is expected to begin in early 2007.
With the additional 30,000sq2ft space, Eurocopter Malaysia will be able to house the entire back office operations within close proximity and cater for bigger aircrafts families, such as the Super Puma. This will also allow Eurocopter Malaysia to take on heavy maintenance jobs such as G Check. Other facilities include a new laboratory and specialized workshops.
A total of 13 types of Eurocopter helicopters are certified in Malaysia. Eurocopter Malaysia has exceeded its rigorous industry standards with the sanction of local and international airworthiness authorities and is qualified to perform maintenance for all helicopters in the Eurocopter family:
. Eurocopter Approved Maintenance Center, France
. Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
. Department of Airworthiness (Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines)
. Federal Airworthiness Authority, USA
ECM offers a unique apprentice programme through an alliance with Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (MIAT). To date over 40 students have completed the programme and an additional 100 students have been identified to be in the program for 2007.
The event also saw five (5) apprentices receiving their certificates following the completion of their six-month apprenticeship program. Mohd Bakri B. Mohd Sahib, Mohd Noor Rudin B. Manan, Engku Emri B. Engku Abas, Azmi B. Ariffin, Ibrahim Hazly B. Mohamad Yusof and Muhammad Afarukhuddin B. Basrowi received their certificates from the Honourable Prime Minister.
The company is also an Authorized Training Centre for apprenticeship in aviation industry. It also conducts a wide range of courses - pilot recurrence training, pilot type rating and license without type rating (LWTR) for engineers.