Collins To Relocate And Expand Asian MRO Capabilities

Collins' Xiamen, China, plant under construction.
Credit: Collins Aerospace

SINGAPORE—Looking to prepare for future Asia-Pacific region maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) demand, and improve turnaround times, Collins Aerospace is investing $27 million to relocate its China and Malaysia MRO facilities.

In Selangor, Malaysia, Collins will quadruple its footprint by relocating its MRO operations from its current 40,000-ft.2 facility to a new 160,000-ft.2 facility at Subang Aerotech Park. Capabilities will also expand from just MRO services for environmental control systems to also include air cycle machines, heat exchangers, engine starters, valves and actuation systems for Boeing 787s, 777Xs, Airbus A320s, A380s and ATR42/72s. The total value is around $16 million. The company recently announced its plans to provide ATR 72/42 propeller blade exchange services by 2022, with the target to attain repairs and inspection capability within two years.

To the north in China, $11 million will be invested to nearly double Collins' 50,000-ft.2 facility in Xiamen to a 80,000-ft.2 site. Collins say the new site will provide MRO services for fuel control systems, engine vane actuators, helicopter rescue hoists, evacuation slides and avionics, supporting Chinese aircraft such as the Comac C919, ARJ21, 787, A350 and general aviation aircraft.

Collins adds that the two sites will be working with its Singapore-based Innovation Hub for new digital solutions and technologies to enhance repair flows and quality.

Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is the Southeast Asia and China Editor for the Aviation Week Network’s (AWN) Air Transport World (ATW) and the Asia-Pacific Defense Correspondent for AWN, joining the team in 2017.