Spirit opens Malaysian aerospace composites facility

The facility will produce composite sub-assemblies for Airbus single-aisle aircraft and develop assemblies for the Airbus A350 XWB.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (Wichita, Kan., USA) on Oct. 28 formally opened its 242,000-sq-ft/22,483-sq-m aerospace manufacturing and design facility in Subang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The facility, which will initially produce composite sub-assemblies for Airbus single-aisle aircraft, also includes an in-house design engineering team working on developing assemblies for the Airbus A350 XWB.

When fully operational, the Spirit facility is expected to employ more than 450 workers in a variety of assembly, manufacturing, engineering, commercial and support roles. Due to its location, the facility has significant opportunities to expand its products, capacity and services.

"There are a number of reasons Spirit chose Malaysia as the location for a new facility," said Jeff Turner, president and CEO of Spirit. "I like to think that, although Spirit is an aerospace company, it's also a people company and it is the people in Malaysia that have convinced me that this is a great place for Spirit to grow globally."

Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Sri Mohd, Najib Tun Abdul Razak, will officiate the opening ceremony that marks Malaysia's commitment to make investments in the aerospace industry through Smart Partnerships. The project has received significant support from key institutional bodies of Malaysia like the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). All have been instrumental in furthering Malaysia's collaborative efforts with Spirit.

"We have a long history of dealing with Malaysian suppliers and partners like CTRM and SMEA," added Francis Hiew, managing director of Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia. "The growth of Spirit and the opening of Spirit Malaysia mean that these companies can continue to grow and share in our future success."