MALAYSIA External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), through its Frankfurt office, recently collaborated with the Hamburg chapter of the German Malaysian Roundtable (GMRT) to organise a briefing session on the Malaysian aerospace sector.
The event was attended by members of Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA) and German aerospace companies at the Hamburg Hafen Klub.
The briefing was part of the initiative to gear up the promotion on the Malaysian aerospace sector in Germany.
MAIA was represented by its president Naguib Mohd Nor, who focused on the opportunities for foreign companies in the Asia Aerospace City (AAC) project and outlined details of the Malaysian Aerospace Industry Blueprint 2030.
Malaysia’s strength in some areas such as MRO, aero-manufacturing, systems integration, engineering design services and education as well as training were also highlighted.
The discussion between both parties also revolved around opportunities for German companies to identify potential partners from Malaysia who are currently not in the aerospace business, but are keen to venture into the industry as part of their business diversification strategy.
Naguib noted the presence of representatives from Tanjung Offshore Berhad and DRB Hicom Berhad as examples of such Malaysian companies.
The programme also included a briefing by Airfoil Services Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Helmut Neuper, who surmised that Malaysia remains an exceptionally good location for German aerospace companies to invest in and encouraged Malaysian companies to be more active in reaching out to German partners.
Airfoil Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) is jointly owned by Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines.
It has been in Malaysia since 2003 and specialises in the repair of blades from major aircraft engine types.
Also present at the event were Malaysia’s Ambassador in Germany Datuk Zulkifli Adnan and Honorary Consul of Malaysia in Hamburg Datuk Edgar Nordman.
Some of the key German participants who attended the briefing included the managing directors of Hamburg Aviation Services cluster and Hanse Aerospace e.V.
The former oversees the Hamburg aerospace cluster while the latter is one of the most significant aerospace associations in Germany representing many of the country’s leading aerospace companies, especially the SMEs.
According to Malaysia’s Trade Commissioner in Germany Jai Shankar, the event provided the right impetus for the promotion of Malaysian aerospace sector in Germany.
“Malaysia’s existing collaboration with aerospace companies in Europe such as France and Britain is on a good footing, and we plan to ensure a similar level of engagement with the German side,” he said.
In 2015, Malaysia’s exports of aerospace products recorded a significant increase of 44.7% to RM4.2bil from RM2.9bil in 2014.
“Meanwhile, imports had decreased by 33.5% to RM10bil from RM15.1bil.
“In terms of size, MRO remains the largest contributor to the Malaysian aerospace industry revenue, accounting for 55% of the revenue share.
“This is followed by aero-manufacturing which makes up 33%.”
There are more than 150 aerospace companies in Malaysia and last year, the investments in the aerospace industry reached RM4.7bil, providing 20,000 jobs.
To boost the performance of the Malaysian aerospace industry, Matrade will be organising the second Kuala Lumpur International Aerospace Business Convention (KLIABC 2016) from Dec 7 to 9.
KLIABC 2016 will be focusing on the industry’s supply chain, procurement, purchasing, engineering, fabrication and R&D. A total of 250 companies, both local and international, are expected to participate with 3,000 business meetings expected to be organised for representatives from the industry sector.
Malaysian companies in the industry keen to tap into the European market can contact Matrade by emailing email@example.com