ASSB expands its airfoil services facility in Malaysia to increase its repair capacity up to 900,000 parts per year.
Airfoil repair specialist Airfoil Services San Bhd (ASSB) plans to expand its Malaysian facility by 5,200 square meters. The factory already encompasses 6,000 square meters of production floor space on a 24,000 square meters site. The company — jointly owned by MTU Aero Engines AG (MTU) and Lufthansa Technik AG (LHT) in equal shares — aims at increasing its repair capacity from 650,000 to 900,000 parts per year by 2020. ASSB specialized in the repair of Airfoils for high pressure compressors (HPC) and low pressure turbines (LPT). Servicing includes airfoils related to both widebody and narrow-body engines such as the CF6-80C, GP7000 and the CFM56 and V2500 engine families.
This expansion outline the wish of both shareholders to increase their footprint and investment in Malaysia. “There is significant market demand for airfoil repairs and we are delighted to be expanding the facility to cater to our customer’s needs”, commented Wim van Beers, Managing Director, ASSB. “ASSB’s rapid growth not only brings investment to the region neighboring Kuala Lumpur, it also provides additional highly-skilled job opportunities to the local population.” ASSB is planning to add another 200 jobs over the next three years, increasing the workforce to around 700 employees. Through its internally developed apprentice program, the company took on 124 local apprentices in 2018.
ASSB does not only focus on extending its physical capacity but also technical and thus conducts several repair development projects to prepare for new generation airfoils.