PETALING JAYA – Selangor is looking at the best opportunity to attract investment in aircraft structure repair services, said Selangor Menteri Besar, Amirudin Shari.

He said talks were being made with European aircraft manufacturers, Airbus to create the facility here in the state.

He said the talks were expected to take between six and eight months and if yielded, Malaysia would be the first country in Southeast Asia to provide such services.

“We are looking at the suitable site and the facility should be near the track,” he told reporters when met after opening the ground breaking ceremony at Airfoil Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) here on 27 June.

Also present were ASSB Chief Executive Officer, Wim Van Beers and ASSB Board Chairman, Phillip Mende.

At the same time, Amirudin said the two-year, fast-track project costing US $ 15 million will be equipped with high technology machines that will enable ASSB to maintain up to 1.2 million parts a year.

He said the facility’s production capacity will increase to 900,000 shares out of the 650,000 existing sections so far.

“With this factory addition, it will also increase the number of employees from about 500 to 700 employees in the future, especially when it is completed  with all the facilities and equipment they make.

“The state government welcomes the addition of the plant as it is part of the aerospace ecosystem, particularly in the Maintenance, Repair and Improvement (MRO) sector,” he said.

An additional project that began in July last year is expected to be completed by June 2020.