French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visits the site of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s future facility in Malaysia
Sendayan, Malaysia, 29 July, 2013
As part of an official trip to Malaysia, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited today the site of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's (Safran) future plant in Sendayan, near Kuala Lumpur. The event was also attended by the Honorable Dato' Seri Utama Mohamed Hassan, Chief Minister of the State of Negeri Sembilan and Vincent Mascré, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty.
World leader in carbon brakes for commercial aircraft and boasting a rapidly expanding customer base in Asia-Pacific, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty selected Sendayan as the new location for its latest carbon refurbishment and manufacturing facility, to complement existing carbon centers in France (Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes and Molsheim / Alsace) and the United States (Walton, KY).
Located near the Kuala Lumpur international airport, Sendayan facility will serve as a center for carbon refurbishment and manufacturing activities for the Asia-Pacific region. The 10,000m2 plant will employ approximately 125 staff and be specialized in the supply of carbon disks for commercial aircraft, starting with Boeing 737 Next-Generation and the Airbus A320 / A320neo single aisle programs.
Vincent Mascré, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty said "Sendayan proved to be an ideal choice for building our latest carbon facility. One of the world's most dynamic and promising aerospace markets, Malaysia also boasts significant natural gas resources, critical to the carbon manufacturing process. Another positive factor contributing to our decision in setting up in Malaysia has been the strong support Safran has received from both local and national authorities. We would like extend our thanks to the Malaysian government, the state of Negeri Sembilan and in particular the MIDA, (Malaysian Industrial Development Authority), for their untiring efforts and assistance in facilitating the project in Sendayan."
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's future plant will service the company's growing commercial footprint in the region. In Malaysia alone, MBD is partner to 18 operators, equipping approximately 230 aircraft in service, with an additional 420 on order. Today 1 465 aircraft in Asia are equipped with carbon brakes, representing more than half of the market. By 2031, this figure is expected to triple, reaching close to 4500 aircraft in this region alone.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is working in partnership with Technip for the design and overall construction of this project. Start of operations are scheduled to begin in early 2014, followed by airframer qualification later that same year. Entry into service is planned for early 2015.
The future Messier-Bugatti-Dowty plant will reinforce Safran's industrial presence in Malaysia, joining other Group subsidiaries such as Morpho and Turbomeca.