Jul 1, 2017: Thales, a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets has expanded its facility in Changi, Singapore to consolidate all avionics production and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities under one roof for improved synergies and process optimisation. The group has also invested in equipment and human capital, as it builds for future development.
Thales started its commercial avionics operations in Singapore over forty years ago and now produces chief systems for the Airbus A320, A350 and Boeing 787 fleets. Singapore houses one of three avionics repair sites for the Group, with the other two located in Chatellerault, France and Piscataway, USA.
In the past year, Thales in Singapore has grown its repair volume by over 30 percent. Besides providing repair operations, Thales is also providing a Customer Support Centre (CSC) for Diehl Aerospace’s Singaporean subsidiary to better serve its regional customers. The CSC has been operational since 1st January 2017 at the expanded Thales facility in Changi North Rise.
"The expanded Thales facility is a testament to Singapore’s continued strength as an aerospace hub for Asia Pacific and an excellent example of how we can partner OEMs to facilitate their regional expansion. Companies can tap on Singapore’s connectivity, pro-business environment and pool of skilled talent, to be closer to their customers and harness the growth of the regional aviation market." Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.
The widened scope of the extended partnership increases Thales’ repair volume in Singapore to an anticipated 40,000 pieces of equipment per year, making Singapore the Group’s largest centre for avionics maintenance and repair services globally.