Enabling the Setup of New Capabilities for the Aviation & Aerospace Industry

Written by Kel Chou
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As the industry navigates forward, progressive mature entities comprising Airlines, Aerospace Manufacturers, OEMs, and MROs (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul), as well as start up companies in Aviation and Aerospace, are constantly evaluating opportunities to expand operations or to venture into greenfield deployments. This could encompass the following range of new capabilities deployment as part of a greenfield setup plan or an expansion plan of the existing capabilities such as the following:

  1. Site relocation and deployment of capital equipment for manufacturing aerospace products.
  2. Operating infrastructure such as aerobridges in airports, airline station equipping, and Vertiports for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) or Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) segments.
  3. Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capabilities comprising capital equipment deployment e.g., an engine test cell setup, new avionics test stations, etc.
  4. Capital Equipment deployment for the airports on the airside or landside.

Expeditors has the expertise and experience comprising Aviation Industry Leaders as well as our Project & Energy Services (PES) division in our network, to jointly enable a "one-stop shop" project management logistics service for our customers in the Aviation and Aerospace industry. This is a differentiated service offering that speaks to the mission and time-critical high-value cargo project management coupled with highly customized freight solutions and executions.  

We understand the trust our customers place in us in their pursuit of seamless supply chain excellence to enable their business outcomes. One of these enablers is, of course, ensuring that your trade and customs compliance needs are addressed in the process. Through our subsidiary Tradewin, we can assist you with assessing your customs and trade compliance needs and developing a robust, upstream framework for managing this efficiently, and identifying potential cost-mitigating opportunities. With this in mind, the Expeditors team is determined to excel in every aspect of our business and approach every challenge with the unified goal of succeeding.

A Success Story of a Production Line Capability Setup for a Tier 1 Aerospace Manufacturer

It brings us pleasure to share a success story of a recent production shift by one of our customers, a global aviation and aerospace Tier 1 manufacturer. Expeditors successfully enabled the relocation of their production lines from Indonesia to Malaysia. The entire execution entails numerous site meetings and coordination at both ends involving key stakeholders from the customer, local authorities, vendors and Expeditors teams.

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Countries in Asia have been widely recognized as viable choice markets for expansion or greenfield setup due to their relatively lower labor and infrastructure costs coupled with the high availability of skilled labor for the industry.

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Our customer appointed Expeditors to oversee and execute 1,500 Revenue Tons of capital equipment moved from their Indonesia factory to their new Malaysia facility.

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The project involves packing the equipment at its origin, international ocean transportation into Singapore, followed by international cross-border trucking to the destination facility, unloading, unpacking, and finally, white-glove positioning of the equipment at their designated installation points.

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We are proud of the partnership we have with this Tier 1 manufacturer and know these deep connections with our customers allow us to bring our expertise to make big changes a success.

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Blog was originally posted on December 28, 2022 7 AM

Topics: Aviation, Aerospace, Project & Energy Services, South Asia, Production Shift

Kel Chou

Written by Kel Chou

Kel currently leads the aerospace industry vertical business with responsibilities across the Asia Pacific as the Regional Manager for the Aviation & Aerospace Group, Asia. He is also concurrently serving as the company representative for the Association Of Aerospace Industries (Singapore) (AAIS) and the Malaysia Aerospace Industry Association (MAIA). Before joining Expeditors, Kel helmed several leadership roles in the private sector as well as in the public service sector. Kel has served as an Air Force Officer in Singapore’s Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) for more than 13 years. As a former Head of Maintenance Control & Operations with the jurisdiction of cross-functional MRO teams for various aircraft fleets, he has led functions comprising supply chain, 24/7/365 operations, program management, maintenance, and engineering for the Air Force. Kel is a graduate of the University of Manchester where he earned an MBA (Distinction) degree and received Double Honours receiving both the Best Overall Student and the Best Group Project Awards in the Global MBA Program.

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