GE Aviation Invests in Malaysia Facility to Support LEAP Engine Advancement
The long-term tenancy agreement is part of the facility’s plans to invest in tooling, testing, and skills capabilities to support the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of CFM International’s LEAP engine.
John Flannery, chairman and CEO of GE, recently reaffirmed the company’s continued commitment to Malaysia with an $80 million investment in GE Aviation’s Malaysian engine services facility. GE also announced the establishment of the Global IT Service Desk located at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
GE Aviation’s Malaysian engine services facility will enter into a long-term tenancy agreement with Impeccable Vintage Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad, subject to terms to be mutually agreed in relation to GE’s Subang facility. This long-term tenancy agreement is part of the facility’s plans to invest in tooling, testing, and skills capabilities to support the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of CFM International’s LEAP engine.
The LEAP engine, produced by a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines powers aircraft such as the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo and Comac C919 single-aisle jets. The MRO work on LEAP will reportedly introduce the next chapter of engineering excellence for the Subang workshop, making it the first such facility outside the U.S. for GE.
“Malaysia is a globally attractive investment location, and GE is a great example of the kind of company that we’re glad to see driving those investments,” said Y.B. Ignatius Darell Leiking, minister of International Trade and Industry, as he witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding. “With our exceptional workforce and GE’s world-class technology and innovation, I’m confident this is a partnership which will continue to deliver outstanding results.”
According to Flannery, “GE has a long history of partnership in Malaysia, and we want to see that relationship continue. The GE Aviation’s engine service facility in Malaysia is one of our flagship facilities in the region, and the renewed lease agreement is a testament to the great work delivered by the local talent. The establishment of the GE Global IT Service Desk in Kuala Lumpur further represents our belief in the hugely beneficial shared future that GE, Malaysia and ASEAN have ahead of us.”
The state-of-the-art global IT hub is one of three such centers in the world, providing 24/7 dual-language Chinese-English support to all GE users worldwide, with an aim to accelerate toward full operation by October 31. The Global IT Service Desk will be staffed by 130 local employees.
“Malaysia offers the ideal location for GE’s commitment to accessing the best in global talent,” said Datuk Mark Rozario, CEO of GE Malaysia. “It is a country that boasts a young, enthusiastic and highly skilled workforce with multi-language capabilities, and a supportive environment that promotes exactly the kind of technical expertise and opportunity that a company like GE is looking for. With the new investment to expand skills and capabilities at the GE Aviation Malaysia facility, and the path toward full operation at the Global IT Service Desk, it’s clear GE is committed to its future in Malaysia.”
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