GE expands footprint in Malaysia with aviation, IT initiatives

September 18, 2018 | By | Reply More

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KUALA LUMPUR: General Electric (GE) today reaffirmed the company’s continued commitment to Malaysia with a major US$80 million (approximately RM331 million) investment in GE Engine Services Malaysia (GEESM).

Alongside this renewed commitment to the GEESM facility, GE also announced the establishment of the Global IT Service Desk, located at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, its chairman and CEO John Flannery said in a statement.

GEESM, an aircraft engine services workshop, will enter into a long-term tenancy agreement with Impeccable Vintage Properties (IVP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Aviation Group Bhd, subject to terms to be mutually agreed in relation to GEESM’s Subang facility.

This long-term tenancy agreement is part of GEESM’s plans to invest in tooling, testing and skills capabilities to support the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of CFM International’s cutting-edge LEAP engine.

The LEAP engine, produced by a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, represents a leap ahead in terms of aviation technology and material, and powers aircraft such as the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo and Comac C919 single-aisle jets.

The MRO work on LEAP would introduce the next chapter of engineering excellence for GEESM’s Subang workshop, making it the first such facility outside the United States for GE.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by GEESM managing director Suresh Kumar Shunmugam and IVP director Nik Azli Abu Zahar in the presence of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking and MITI secretary-general Isham Ishak.

Also present were Flannery, GE APAC president and CEO Wouter Van Wersch and GE Malaysia CEO Mark Rozario.

“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.

“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,” said Darell as he witnessed the MoU signing.

The GE Engine Services Malaysia Centre of Excellence is one of its flagship facilities in the region and the renewed lease agreement is a testament to the great work delivered by the local talent, Flannery added.

The state-of-the-art global IT hub is one of just three such centres in the world, providing 24/7 dual-language Chinese-English support to all GE users worldwide, with an aim to accelerate towards full operation by Oct 31 this year.

The Global IT Service Desk will be staffed by 130 local employees.

Rozario said Malaysia offers the ideal location for GE’s commitment to accessing the best in global talent.

“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 Engine Services Malaysia facility, and the path towards full operation at the Global IT Service Desk, it’s clear GE is committed to its future in Malaysia,” said Rozario.

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