The plan was presented by market research company, Frost and Sullivan (Australia) Pty Ltd, at the Selangor Aerospace Action Plan Town Hall Session 2019 here today.
“Based on the voice on the streets, right now the infrastructure across the Sultan Abdul Aziz airport (for example) is not up to the mark and we need to address that,” said Amartya De, Frost and Sullivan’s associate director of Aerospace, Defence and Security (Public Sector and Government).
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, he said that the aerospace parkneeded more hangar space and efficient runways.
“Once the state addresses that, it will be more in tune with the industry and be able to attract more foreign companies to the state.
“We can also become like the Philippines which has the German airline company, Lufthansa, or even the American multinational corporation, Boeing, especially in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO),” he said.
Earlier, Selangor Menteri Besar Amiruddin Shari said the state was expanding its MRO sector in a bid to establish itself as the aerospace and aviation industry gateway to Asian countries.
He said the state was currently in talks with international companies to entice them to relocate some of their operations to Selangor, including areas around the Subang Airport, Serendah and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Asked on the outlook for the Malaysian aerospace industry, Amartya said it was positive but suggested that the country concentrate more on the MRO sector.
“The aerospace manufacturing sector has grown 30 per cent in the last seven years but the MRO (industry) has only grown between four and five per cent,” he said, adding that the slow growth highlighted the need to increase the focus on the sector.