Japanese aerospace parts maker Asahi opens facility in Klang

KUALA LUMPUR: Japanese aerospace parts maker Asahi Kinzoku Kogyo Inc, through Asahi Aero Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has set up an aircraft parts surface treatment facility in Klang -- its first in South-East Asia. 

Asahi Aero Malaysia said in a statement that the RM18mil facility, jointly owned with Toyota Tsusho Corp, specialised in cadmium and Zn-Ni plating, as well as boric surifuric and phosphoric acid anodise processing. 

Managing director Go Yamanaka said the one-stop processing facility was opened in order to be closer to Asahi’s customers and meet their needs for quality, on-time delivery and greater affordability. 

“The new facility will rapidly play a role of supporting parts manufacturing for all of Boeing’s commercial airplane programmes,” he added.

Asahi has five facilities in Japan and one in the United States. 

It was the first company in Japan to receive the National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Programme (Nadcap) certification, a global cooperative accreditation programme for aerospace engineering, defence and related industries, which is a prerequisite to work with companies such as Boeing. 

Boeing Commercial Airplanes director of supplier management (Asia) Troy Kim said Asahi is a trusted partner to Boeing. 

“They have helped meet Boeing’s requirements for high quality, competitive pricing and on-time delivery while expanding our supply chain capability in South-East Asia,” Kim said.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority has identified the aerospace industry as a key source of growth for the Malaysian economy.

Asahi believes that its expertise and investment in aircraft parts surface treatment technology will help expand Malaysia’s manufacturing sector.

“We are committed to creating local employment opportunities and aspire to become the employer of choice in Malaysia,” said Yamanaka. 
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