UMW Aerospace rolls-off maiden Trent 7000 fan case
22 Sep 2020
UMW Holdings Bhd’s (UMWH) wholly-owned subsidiary UMW Aerospace Sdn Bhd (UASB), rolled-off its maiden fan case for Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines today.
The fan case will be delivered to the Rolls-Royce engine assembly and test facility at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore.
“We are proud of UMW Aerospace’s achievement. This marks another important milestone in the UMW Group’s long history as a conglomerate with a strong engineering foundation,” UMWH acting president and group chief executive officer Azmin Che Yusoff said in a statement today.
The Trent 7000 engines power the Airbus A330neo.
Azmin further said in a short period of time, UASB has progressed to become a preferred aerospace component supplier with a firm footprint in the industry’s global supply chain.
“We are also honoured to play a part in Malaysia’s plans to establish a strong aerospace industry, as envisaged by the National Aerospace Blueprint 2016-2030,” he said.
He also noted that the company’s venture into the aerospace industry is also part of its contribution towards the creation of a highly-skilled Malaysian workforce.
“We are proud that 97 per cent of our workforce at UASB consists of Malaysian talents,” he said.
UASB received a 25+5 year contract from Rolls-Royce Plc to manufacture and assemble fan cases for the latter’s Trent 1000 and Trent 7000 engines in August 2015 as a Tier 1 supplier.
Subsequently, the UMWH invested RM750 million to establish an aerospace component manufacturing plant at its UMW High Value Manufacturing Park in Serendah.
UASB successfully delivered the first fan case for Trent 1000 engines in November 2017 and today the maiden fan case for Trent 7000 engines.
Further, the company has also accomplished another milestone on 9 September 2020, when it achieved a remarkable safety standard of 1,500 days without industrial accident, or Zero LTI (Lost-Time-Injury).
“Despite the challenging business environment, we are steadfast in our goal to build our capabilities and competencies in the aerospace industry and the two milestones above are strong testament to that.
“Moving forward, while the group expects the aerospace sub-segment to face headwinds following the outbreak of Covid-19, we are partially cushioned by fan case orders that have been received for the rest of the year,” Azmin said.
Source: NST Posted on : 22 September 2020