French aerospace giant Thales Group launched its newly expanded facility in Singapore, which now consolidates avionics production, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities, sales operations and business development under one roof, enabling better synergies and process optimisation. Conceived in late 2015, the expanded facility of 10,000 square feet started operations in January this year, with its newly revamped compositional layout optimising productivity by 10%.
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 France and US. With an estimated repair volume of 40,000 pieces of equipment per year, Singapore is the Group's largest centre for avionics maintenance and repair services worldwide.
"The expanded Thales facility is a testament to Singapore's continued strength as an aerospace hub for Asia Pacific and an excellent example of how we can partner OEMs to facilitate their regional expansion. Companies can tap on Singapore's connectivity, pro-business environment and pool of skilled talent, to be closer to their customers and harness the growth of the regional aviation market," said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Management Director, Economic Development Board.