The joint venture between AFI KLM E&M and Sabena technics is continuing to expand its horizons, now covering an extensive range of components for Airbus A320/A330 and ATR aircraft.
Paris, Amstelveen, Singapore, 25 September 2019 - In September 2016, Singapore Component Solutions (SCS) received its first certification from the EASA. This meant that Sabena technics could officially inaugurate its component repair workshop for ATRs, located in the aeronautics cluster of Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore. When AFI KLM E&M acquired a stake in the company in 2018, the Group brought its expertise in A320 and A330 aircraft into the fold: this began a new operational chapter for SCS, as it opened 800 part numbers in 18 months for these two aircraft types. In total, the joint venture has developed over 200 product families for a vast range of avionic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic components.
Singapore Component Solutions’ facilities have expanded from 1200 m² to 4500 m² and employing almost 60 people. In just three years of existence, the joint venture has obtained certificates from 10 authorities in Europe, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. It is currently going through the implementation phase with Chinese authorities, and is on course to obtain AS9110 certification in 2020.
As Thibaut Campion, CEO of Singapore Component Solutions, recalls: "We were able to count on the teams, who showed real enthusiasm and hunger to succeed. Their commitment went hand in hand with sustained support from our parent companies, whether it was in development, training or quality oversight. We were able to make rapid progress, and today no less than 3,500 components come out of the workshop every year."
Repair and logistics: synergies at the local level
The joint venture maintains close links between Sabena technics and AFI KLM E&M, which operate their own logistics centres in Singapore. At Changi airport, AFI KLM E&M’s regional spares inventory is also available to SCS customers; the two parent companies, meanwhile, can draw upon the capabilities of the joint venture to provide their clients with flight-hour support. In particular, it is thanks to the existence of this local workshop that both companies have been able to land new contracts in the region, which result in growing workload and capabilities for SCS and the existing shops of the mother companies.
The move to create Singapore Component Solutions has paid off on two fronts: on one hand, the company is supporting the development of its parent companies in the region - AFI KLM E&M supports 12 major customers in Asia-Pacific, with a total of 450 aircraft in service whereas Sabena technics support 30 Airlines with a total of 150 aircraft. On the other hand, it is building its own portfolio, with Time and Material contracts accounting for over 30% of its revenues. It has over fifty customers, including major airlines based in the region as well as MRO and OEM partners.
SCS staying on course
François Vitti, AFI KLM E&M VP Engine & Components Services Asia-Pacific, explains: "Our greatest success is having created a company that is reliable and profitable, capable of offering competitive prices, shorter TATs and a level of quality equivalent to that which our parent companies provide in France. Having started from scratch, Singapore Component Solutions has already earned the respect of the aeronautic players in the region - and that’s only the beginning."
Over the coming years, SCS will be pursuing its industrial development and expanding its capacities, notably for the hot air pneumatic and hydraulic product families. By taking on new technicians and mechanics, the joint venture intends to progressively increase its workloads while continuing to provide the best possible level of service for its customers in Asia.
About Sabena technics
Sabena technics is a French leading independent MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) provider of solutions to civil and military aircraft operators. The Group employs over 2,200 persons across its 14 sites worldwide and offers a broad range of solutions: Airframe MRO, CAMO, Component MRO, Modifications, Painting, Supply-Chain and Technical Training based on the basic principle of meeting its customers' requirements.