Malaysia is currently home to more than 200 aerospace companies comprising both international and local industry players. These include 66 companies involved in MRO activities, 33 companies in aero-manufacturing, 25 companies in education and training, and 11 companies in systems integration, as well as engineering and design.
In demonstrating their capabilities to meet global OEMs’ stringent demands, local players like SME Aerospace, CTRM Aero Composite, Airod, and UMW Aerospace, have successfully involved themselves in the global aerospace supply chain. By 2030, the industry is projected to contribute revenues of RM20.4 billion for MRO, RM21.2 billion for aero-manufacturing, and RM13.6 billion for engineering and design services.
Recognising the need to develop talent for the aerospace industry, the Department of Skills Development (DSD) has jointly established an occupational framework with Ministry of International Trade and Industry's (MITI) National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO). The framework serves as a reference of the standards required for skills certification, and to guide skills training curriculum development so that it is in line with industry requirements.
To further encourage growth and development in this field, Malaysia offers attractive tax incentives to companies undertaking activities covering maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), manufacturing and system integration for the aerospace industry.
Within the aerospace industry, surface engineering is among the areas that have much potential to enable Malaysia’s transformation towards churning out complex and diverse products. Surface engineering processes are overseen by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP), administered by the USA-based Performance Review Institute (PRI). Through PRI, NADCAP provides independent certification of manufacturing processes for the industry, and represents a standardised approach to quality assurance. While Malaysia already has companies that are able to offer NADCAP-certified coating and specialty secondary processes, there is still much room for growth.
SEA’s dynamic regional aerospace market is gaining prominence, due in large part to facilities such as Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, and Malaysia's dedicated aerospace parks such as UMW High Value Manufacturing Park. Strong market demand has also accelerated the development of local aerospace supply chains. Malaysia is equipped with all the necessary ingredients to be an important player in the global aerospace market, and efforts undertaken to develop local clusters and other facilities that foster the growth of the aerospace industry, such as the KLIA Aeropolis, are likely to pay off in due course.
Aerospace products made in Malaysia
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