By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SUBANG, Nov 25 — Three international aviation-related companies are looking to expand their business in the Asean region by setting up factories in Selangor, said Dato’ Teng Chang Khim.
The state executive councillor for trade and investment said one of the companies, Turkish helicopter manufacturer Gokbey, is scouting for a suitable location in the state.
“The other two companies cannot be revealed as of yet as the ongoing discussions are still in the initial stage. However, both are looking for the right time to make the announcement. I can assure you they are currently in communication with the Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office (S-Daico).
“Invest Selangor Berhad (Invest Selangor) through S-Daico will facilitate potential investors in obtaining their manufacturing and certification licences while identifying suitable site locations on which to develop,” he said at a press conference after officiating the opening ceremony of the Selangor Aviation Show 2021 (SAS 2021) at the SkyPark Regional Aviation Centre, here today.
Meanwhile, Teng added Selangor has the potential to attract aviation investments in manufacturing and maintenance, as well as repair and overhaul (MRO).
“Once they are present here, it will lead to the progress of side industries as well, since they are interconnected in the same ecosystem. Therefore, the state government aims to develop a solid ecosystem to position Selangor as the regional hub for business aviation and civil aviation.
“We will introduce a suitable location for them to invest, depending on which subsector they are in. If the company is in the MRO sector, we will promote locations close to the Subang Airport and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. If the company is operating in the manufacturing sector, the state government would like to introduce them to the UMW High-Value Industrial Park in Serendah,” he said.
Also present at the officiation was Invest Selangor chief executive officer Dato’ Hasan Azhari Idris and Selangor State Secretary Datuk Haris Kasim.
The three-day SAS 2021 event is expected to attract 5,000 visitors and participants, including international industry players from Brazil, France, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.