Malaysia's joining the A400M program is a further boost for the global
industrial development of EADS as well as for the Malaysian Industry. On
Thursday, the Malaysian government signed a contract at the Langkawi
International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA '05 for the purchase of
four A400M military airlifters. In April 2005, South Africa also joined the
European transport aircraft program.
In the framework of this contract, Malaysian industry will receive
high-technology work packages worth initially 1 billion Ringgits, (about 200
million Euros / $230+ million) for the design and manufacture of A400M airframe
components to be delivered worldwide.
Through its divisions and joint ventures, EADS has already developed long
standing smart partnerships with the Malaysian industry. Airbus, for example,
has established a continuous and successful cooperation with Composites
Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) in the field of composite materials,
starting with the manufacturing of fixed trailing edge for the A300 passenger
jet followed by A320 leading and trailing edge lower panels. Meanwhile CTRM is
designing and building the new A380 fixed leading edge lower panels.
Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer, opened a regional
industrial and maintenance centre in Malaysia in 2004, Eurocopter Malaysia. This
Centre has established fruitful industrial partnerships with more than 15
Malaysian companies and small and medium enterprises and has launched an
ambitious training program with the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology
aiming to train 100 students over the next four years. Eurocopter is a 100
percent subsidiary of EADS.
EADS has also developed cooperation in the field of Satellite Ground Receiving
Stations with Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) and in the field of Secure Network
and defense products.
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