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UMW Aerospace expects full production capacity at new plant by 2020

30th November, 2017

SERENDAH: UMW Holdings Bhd’s subsidiary, UMW Aerospace Sdn Bhd, which has a new RM750 million fan case manufacturing plant engineered for Rolls-Royce engines, aims to achieve full-production capacity of 250 annually in 2020.

UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd Manufacturing and Engineering President, Megat Shahrul Azmir said the fan case which weighs 1.2 tonnes and takes 30 days to manufacture, will be later sent to the Roll-Royce engine assembly and test facility at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore.

“For the last two months of this year, six fan cases will be delivered to Singapore. In 2018, UMW will be making about 80 fan cases of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and in 2019, 160. In, 2020, we will have a healthy mix of 250 fan cases of the Trent 1000 and Trent 7000.

“By then, we would reach the full production capacity of 250 fan cases annually. The plant is fully ready for an expansion of up to 350 fan cases annually,” he told reporters at the Maiden Fan Case For Rolls-Royce Rollout Ceremony, here Wednesday.

The rollout fan case was produced for the Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engine which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The plant will see 200 high-skilled employment opportunities in high-technology hard metal titanium machining and welding, which has the potential to spillover and cut across the electronics, healthcare, power generation industries.

Megat Shahrul Azmi said machining and welding hard metal titanium is the core of these industries. He said the new manufacturing plant had an Industry 4.0 set-up and is not focused on being labour intensive.

“The product that we are making is high-technology.We are going to have a maximum 200 Malaysian workers with skills which were non-existent just 12 months ago,” he added.

While all the fan cases are exclusively for Rolls Royce, Megat Shahrul Azmi said however, there are other parties knocking on the company’s door to utilise its services.

Their products have the same technical make up, for instance gas turbines.

The technology transfer programme came about when Rolls Royce decided it did not want to produce the fan cases and moved to outsource the job.

“They transferred the expertise of 20 people to help undertake the task to us. It is a transfer of knowledge, process and capabilities.

“Today, we have four expatriates and 100 proud Malaysians. By the end of the fourth year, it will be 100 per cent Malaysian,” said Megat Shahrul Azmi.

UMW Group is involved in the three core business of automotive, equipment manufacturing and engineering. –Bernama

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