TULSA, Okla., Oct. 3 – The NORDAM Group began construction of its new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in Singapore, tripling its size from 60,000 to 185,000 square feet. The groundbreaking ceremony was held today in Changi North Crescent business park.
"There is no denying the growth potential in Asia," said Brett Benton, NORDAM vice president, Asia Pacific. “With the continued support of Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) and our customer's recognition that Singapore is the MRO hub of Asia, NORDAM is firmly committed to serving the Asia Pacific market out of Singapore."
In addition to NORDAM executives, Mr. Manohar Khiatani, Director Logistics and Transport, EDB, Dr. Ong Chit Chung, Executive Chairman of TEE International Ltd, Mr. Phua Chian Kin, Group Chief Executive and Managing Director of TEE International Ltd, and Ms. Lee Bee Wah, Principal Partner, LBW Consultants LLP were in attendance.
"NORDAM's investment will enhance our vibrant aerospace industry and is testimony to Singapore's attractiveness for aerospace MRO and manufacturing," said Lim Siong Guan, chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board. "We are committed to grow the industry and to support companies seeking to broaden and deepen their capabilities."
The expansion is a response to a strong Asian repair market, increased work loads, and development of new generation nacelle repairs. "Our new facility will allow us to accommodate the expanding volume and scope of parts we service in Singapore," said Benton. "There is obvious room to grow in the MRO market, especially as newer engines begin to require maintenance."
NORDAM's Singapore facility is in its 13th year of operation. Capabilities have grown from thrust reverser repair and overhaul to include nacelles, airframe components, and flight control surfaces. The expanded facility will support continued capability growth in the repair market and will open up possibilities to pursue new manufacturing opportunities.
"We have built a solid MRO foundation in Asia, but we are also exploring where we can apply our skills in the manufacturing market," said Benton. "With increased work space and new clean rooms, manufacturing components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) becomes a strategic focus. Our goal is to make NORDAM Singapore the bonding center of excellence in the Asia."
Over the last four years NORDAM Singapore has increased facility output by 90% and plays an important role in NORDAM's global repair network, 24/7 AOG support, rotable assets, and spare parts support in the Asia Pacific region.
The NORDAM Group, headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., is one of the largest independently owned aerospace companies in the world. It is also one of the world’s largest third-party providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the military, commercial airline and air freight markets. In addition, NORDAM designs, certifies and manufactures integrated propulsion systems, nacelles and thrust reversers for business jets. NORDAM also manufactures interior shells, custom cabinetry, radomes, and aircraft transparencies such as cabin windows, wing tip lenses and simulator screens. The company employs approximately 2,400 people around the globe, with facilities in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Singapore. Additional information is available at www.nordam.com.