EADS: A400M Contract Confirms Asia-Pacific Strategy
Malaysia's joining the A400M programme is a further boost to the global industrial development of EADS as well as to Malaysia’s industrial sector. 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 transport aircraft. In April 2005, South Africa also joined the European transport aircraft programme.
In the framework of this contract, Malaysian industry will receive high-technology work packages worth initially 1 billion Ringgits, (about 200 million Euros) for the design and manufacture of A400M airframe components to be delivered worldwide.
EADS CEOs Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard stated: “Just over two years before the A400M's maiden flight, it is a great achievement for us to have Malaysia on board. The Malaysian contract demonstrates that the A400M meets the needs of air forces around the world. On the global market, there is no other military transport aircraft as competitive as the A400M."
“Our major achievements in Asia Pacific in the civil and military aviation business are direct results of our partnership and investment strategy in the region during the last 10 years,” said Jean-Paul Gut, EADS COO for Marketing, Strategy and International. Christian Duhain, Head of EADS International, the marketing organisation of EADS, added: “Asia Pacific is one of the key growth regions for EADS. In the next five years we‘ll see the Asia Pacific share of our turnover reaching 20 percent and by 2015 we expect 30 percent portion of our sales to come from Asia Pacific.”
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 programme 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 also has developed cooperation in the field of Satellite Ground Receiving Stations with Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) and in the field of secure networks and defence products.
“In line with the policy of the Malaysian government, EADS is fully committed to a long-term partnership with the Malaysian industry, bringing work, know-how and technology to Malaysia. We are committed to contributing to the building of a solid Malaysian Aerospace Industry”, Duhain emphasized.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,600. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the leading international missile producer. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.