GKN Aerospace has celebrated the grand opening of its all-new facility for aero-engine parts repair in Johor Malaysia with an inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in February 2020 but had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The site is focusing on servicing engine low-pressure compressor (LPC) components for CFM56-5B, CFM56-7 and V2500 engines. The first CFM platforms have already been repaired and were delivered to customers in December 2021. The repair of V2500 fan blades kicked off in June 2022. The portfolio will be expanded with GTF 24K and CFM fan blades later this year and early in 2023.
Research is centred on the application of additive manufacturing technology into engine parts repair.
The current team of 90 employees will grow to 150 operators in 2023 and further expand to 300 within five years. GKN Aerospace is providing on-site training for employees. The expansion to Asia is an important part of GKN Aerospace’s long-term growth strategy and global operating model. The facility is complementary to GKN Aerospace’s existing component repair facility in El Cajon, CA to meet growing demand in the Asia Pacific region.