Composites Manufacturer Hexcel Joins Singapore A*STAR Aerospace Programme Consortium

july 16 2012

Hexcel, has joined Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) Aerospace Programme (AP). Initiated in 2007, the A*STAR Aerospace Programme fosters synergies between industry members and its research institutes, maximizing research outcomes and stretching the research dollar for participating members. Singapore is the largest Manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) 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 optimise business opportunities and reduce investment costs. Such collaborative efforts will also enhance competitiveness of AP members and the build-up of aviation capabilities in Singapore.

To date, the consortium has commissioned 37 projects, driving next-generation technologies ranging from sophisticated in-flight entertainment systems, MRO innovations for faster turnaround times and alternative green energy sources that lower 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.

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