By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SUBANG, Sept 9 — The Selangor Aviation Show (SAS) 2022 exhibitors this year include a large number of returning industry players following the event’s huge success at its debut last year.
Most agreed that the state’s air show provided vast prospects for growth and collaboration and served as a good platform for introducing their products and services to the local market and the Asean region.
A global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil Embraer decided to return to SAS 2022 as they believe that Malaysia is a key strategic country to expand their operation.
Its Commercial Aviation (Asia Pacific) sales director Victor Vieira Dos Santos said the brand believed that they have the right product to support the airline operations in this country and the region.
“Besides that, we are also confident of the country’s industrial capability and I think we can build a lot of synergies and establish a local partnership with industry players in Malaysia.
“We are here to meet fellow industry colleagues, and get to know some of the other companies, because what we want is to understand where, how and who we can partner with.
“Our presence at the air show was not only to showcase our capabilities but also to get to know potential customers or partners, and eventually establish a strategic partnership with them,” he said when met at the event, here yesterday.
Meanwhile, Sapura Aero Sdn Bhd (Sapura Aero) was the first company to register for the event this year as they do not want to let the opportunity to be part of the air show slip through.
Its Sales and Marketing assistant manager Major Hardeep Singh Meha Singh said last year, the company visited the first instalment of SAS as a trade visitor.
“I could still remember that we were just a guest at that time but the response we saw was excellent. Then, our top management decided that it is time for us to be one of the exhibitors.
“I am glad to say that since this morning, people kept visiting our booth and they expressed their interest in Sapura Aero due to our nature of business, which is dealing with private jets. We would like to thank Invest Selangor for the opportunity to showcase what we have,” he said.
As for APR-Aviation Training Centre Business Development director Mohd Afandi Ghazali, he said since the company is operating in Shah Alam, they decided to take part in the SAS 2022 to show support to the state government’s programme.
“This is the second time we participated in the air show and we have intended to rejoin the event due to the encouraging responses we received last year.
“As we all know, almost 60 per cent of the aviation industry is based in Selangor, therefore we also would like to take part in developing the industry here,” he said.
SAS 2022 continues for its second day today to trade visitors and will be open to all on its last day on Saturday.