MB Aerospace has officially opened a second facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan.
The factory, which is part of the company’s MB Aerospace ACTS Taiwan business, adds an additional 43,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
This investment will provide a footprint for planned growth in repair capabilities and special processes. It will also create opportunities to introduce the company’s component manufacturing capabilities to the region.
The new factory will house a state-of-the-art Low Pressure Compressor Stator repair cell to support special process technologies, including plasma and thermal coatings. Since the acquisition from previous JV shareholders Pratt & Whitney, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines in Jan 2018, the company’s Taiwan team has joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine global network as a repair provider.
The company has also won contracts with two major aero-engine original equipment manufacturers (OEM) customers, who were convinced by the company’s market leading delivery performance, experienced management team, Turn Around Times (TAT) and globally competitive pricing.
MB Aerospace Chief Executive Craig Gallagher said: “After a hugely successful first year for the MB Aerospace ACTS Taiwan business, we have ambitious plans to grow our global repair operation by investing in new technologies, adding capabilities and extending the overall scope of the business.
“We are pleased to further broaden our Repair customer base and add to the range of installed base platforms that we provide our specialised repairs for. It is also very exciting to see us well positioned with existing customers, as shown by our inclusion in this next generation repair network, part of the GTF engine family. We look forward to further providing fast and high-quality levels of service for their customers’ fleets.
“With major commercial airline operators purchasing more than 3,500 new aero-engines per year, and the global airline fleet growing at close to 5% p.a. over the long-term, shop-visit rate volumes are increasing. The aftermarket needs of our customers are similarly increasing too. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure MB Aerospace retains the competitive edge it needs to thrive in this exciting sector by delivering maximum value to our customers.”
Operating from repair facilities in Taiwan and in North America, MB Aerospace is accredited with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certificates. The business supports OEMs, maintenance and repair operations (MROs) and other parts repair facilities with industry leading turn-around times on a broad inventory of aero-engines and aero-derivative industrial gas turbines.