AEROSPACE ENGINEERING SINGAPORE

Aerospace Engineering Singapore

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND

SCALING NEW HEIGHTS

The global aerospace and aviation industries are seeing exciting times ahead. Despite global uncertainties, appetite for air travel in Asia Pacific countries continues to grow, creating countless opportunities in the region for aerospace manufacturers, MRO companies and general aviation and aerospace players alike. The global fleet size is anticipated to double over the next two decades. Aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing have projected that over a third of worldwide aircraft deliveries will go to Asia in the next two decades. By 2031, Asia Pacific’s fleet is expected to triple to about 13,500 aircrafts.

NO. 1 IN ASIA FOR MRO

Singapore is particularly well-equipped to capture the demand for aviation-related services from this market. Backed by a large pool of over 100 aerospace companies, Singapore has garnered a quarter of the Asian MRO market. Singapore has become the leading aviation hub in Asia-Pacific today, contributing over a quarter share of the region’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) output. Leading players such as ST Aerospace and Goodrich carry out comprehensive nose-to-tail MRO services from airframe maintenance to engine overhaul to aircraft modifications and conversion.

A COMPETITIVE, EFFICIENT AND COMPREHENSIVE CLUSTER OF CAPABILITIES

Aside from MRO, Singapore is also seeing a growing number of aerospace design and manufacturing operations. Increasingly companies leverage off Singapore’s existing capabilities in precision engineering and electronics, to support the production of complex aero-engine components. For example in February 2012, Rolls Royce launched its Seletar Campus, that not only carries out activities such as engine assembly and test, training, R&D, it is also the company’s titanium wide-chord fan blade manufacturing. Similarly in January 2013 Pratt & Whitney broke ground for its first Geared Turbo Fan hybrid fan blade and turbine disk manufacturing facility outside of its US headquarters.

HOST FOR LEADING INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW

The inaugural Singapore Airshow in February 2008 also sealed Singapore’s position as host to one of the world’s top three international airshows, with over US$13 billion in sales of aircraft and equipment announced during show days. The show has since doubled its value; in 2012, Singapore Airshow saw more than US$31 billion worth of deals inked. The show attracted over 45,000 trade visitors from 128 countries to attend.

Engine gears, valves, and galley equipment are some of the products manufactured in Singapore. And on the R&D front, Boeing, EADS, Pratt and Whitney and Rolls-Royce have made commitments to partner Singapore’s A*STAR and its research institutes to jointly carry out aerospace-related research.

A WORKFORCE GEARED UP TO MEET EXACTING DEMANDS

The aerospace industry in Singapore has stringent safety and quality standards. A pool of skilled, well-trained and experienced personnel is therefore a critical part of the value chain. The aerospace industry today employs close to 19,900 workers, of which 90% are skilled.

WORLD-CLASS INTEGRATED AEROSPACE PARK

Singapore enjoys excellent connectivity and an efficient supply chain. It is further strengthening its infrastructure to ride future growth trends. The Seletar Aerospace Park is a centerpiece of this effort. Spanning 300ha, the dedicated aerospace park allows companies to reap the benefits of a world-class business infrastructure, complete with runway access, and the synergies from cluster integration. Since its launch, the SAP has seen much success. In 2012, eight MNCs, including Rolls-Royce, Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Fokker Services Asia, Hawker Pacific and many others have opened new facilities in the SAP. Today, more than 80% of the 83ha of land made ready in Phase 1 and 2 has been taken up, while infrastructure works for Phase 3 is slated for completion by 2014.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Singapore’s aerospace industry has grown at an average rate of 10 per cent in the last two decades.
  • Singapore is today the most comprehensive aerospace Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hub in Asia, accounting for a quarter share of the region's MRO output.
  • In 2012, the aerospace industry achieved a record output of S$8.7 billion.
  • The number of people employed in the aerospace industry Singapore stood at over 19,900 in 2012. 90% of the jobs in the industry are skilled jobs.

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Trent 900 and 1000 jet engines

The new Rolls-Royce campus at Seletar Aerospace Park recently unveiled the first Trent aero engine in an enormous facility aimed at growing capacity and extending the British manufacturer’s reach into the fast-growing Asian aviation market. Here Rolls-Royce makes the Trent 900 and 1000 jet engines used on Airbus A380s and Boeing 787s, with a plan to assemble and test 250 engines by 2016; it’s also building fan blades.

In deciding to open up shop in Singapore, Rolls-Royce cites the importance of being able to recruit talented staff that can build engines of the highest quality – over 80 per cent of employees at Rolls-Royce’s local site are Singaporean. “The Singapore government’s approach to supporting investment like this is, we think, very far-sighted,” says Jonathan Asherson, regional director, Southeast Asia for Rolls-Royce. “Singapore certainly understands the value of ensuring that there’s a pipeline of skilled labour and they understand the multiplier effect of high value-added manufacturing. That’s the kind of thing that attracts us.”

Above content developed in association with Monocle.

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