Turbomeca has officially opened its new new support and service hub for South East Asia at a new location in the Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore, a new centre for many aerospace related companies.
The organisation is not publicly declaring its financial investment in this 6,000 ft sq facility Franck Saudo, Turbomeca’s executive vice president, Support & Services, said it had triple the capacity of the old facility. Where before it was usual to service a couple of engines, now up to seven can be worked on in the centre’s maintenance area. The company counts 65 employees.
Turbomeca’s main military client in the region is the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) whose 125 Squadron operates a fleet of 22 Airbus Helicopter AS332M Super Pumas. These are powered by Turbomeca’s Makila engines and have been in service since 1985.
Mathieu Albert, managing director of Turbomeca Asia Pacific stated that the new facility will provide regional support for around 180 customers, from India to the Republic of Korea, Nepal and down to Indonesia. Within the region there are nearly 1,000 Turbomeca engines in both military and civil helicopters. In the last five years (2010-15) business has doubled and the expectation is for it to double again by the end of 2020.
The centre also houses a qualified technical training centre where customers’ maintainers are provided with engines in a classroom scenario for live training.
One of the main features of the logistics area is a SSI Schaefer Logimat vertical storage unit for parts which also keeps track of inventory and automatically generates an order for replacements for any particular stock that runs low. Turbomeca also uses resource planning data to track its inventory based on current fleet requirements together with historical data based on global usage of parts and components.