Initiated in 2007, the A*STAR Aerospace Programme creates synergies between industry members and its research institutes, maximising research outcomes and stretching the research dollar for participating members. Singapore is the largest Manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul hub for the aerospace industry in Asia Pacific, holding a quarter of the region’s market share for MRO activities. It possesses nose-to-tail capabilities that include airframe maintenance, engine overhaul, structural and avionics systems repair, as well as aircraft modifications and conversion. As strategic technology partners within the A*STAR AP, aircraft manufacturers, engine and component OEM’s and system providers can tap into the pool of scientific know-how, infrastructure and joint investments in R&D.
To date, the consortium has commissioned 37 projects ranging from sophisticated in-flight entertainment systems, MRO innovations for faster turnaround times and alternative green energy sources that lowers carbon footprint. With Hexcel coming on board the A*STAR AP, its membership currently stands at 18 companies, comprising of other leading players in the aerospace industry such as Boeing, EADS, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.
Paul Mackenzie, Hexcel’s VP Research & Technology said:
Joining the A*STAR Aerospace programme will provide Hexcel with additional R&T resources in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to complement our own world class composites research facilities in Europe and the USA. We share the opinion of other A*STAR members that technological advances through R&D hold the key to redefining air travel and creating the aerospace industry of the future. We look forward to working with other A*STAR members to jointly build a long term technology roadmap and develop new technologies in strategic areas to benefit the industry as a whole.