Thales expands Singapore MRO facility
Thales says that its newly expanded facility in Changi is now the company’s largest repair activities hub worldwide.
Thales says that its newly expanded facility in Changi — which consolidates all avionics production and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities under one roof for better synergies and process optimisation — is now the company’s largest repair activities hub worldwide.
The company has also optimised its avionics operations in Singapore to grow its local industrial footprint and build capacity for the future.
In the past year, Thales in Singapore has grown its repair volume by over 30%. In addition to providing repair operations, Thales is also providing a Customer Support Centre (CSC) for Diehl Aerospace’s Singaporean subsidiary, set up in November last year 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 widened scope of the extended partnership increases Thales’ repair volume in Singapore to an estimated 40,000 pieces of equipment per year, making Singapore the Group’s largest centre for avionics maintenance and repair services worldwide. The centre also handles electrical systems and in-flight entertainment (IFE) equipment.
Thales started its commercial avionics operations in Singapore over 40 years ago and now produces key 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.
Singapore is home to one of the most advanced MRO clusters in the world. The city-state accounts for a quarter of the region’s MRO output, and Thales worked closely with the Singapore Economic Development Board in bringing the project to fruition.