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Singapore boasts a major player in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) thanks to Goodrich. Yet the group is not only a leader in this sector, but also in composites – these lightweight materials that are ever present in the aeronautical industry and which require highly specific skills.
(Published on October 2010 - JEC Magazine #60)
Goodrich Corporation's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) campus in Singapore celebrated its 15th year of operation last February. The facility began in 1995 as a 280 m² repair shop with 14 employees. It has since undergone seven expansions and today employs around 700 people in a 50,000 m² campus. .
15 years of successful operation
Ken Tan, managing director of Goodrich's Aerostructures MRO business, has been with the company for more than 40 years and was part of the four-person team from the nacelle operation in California that initially got the Singapore MRO facility up and running. "Our goal was simple – to provide nacelle MRO services to Asia- Pacific airlines during their working day, in their part of the world," said Tan. "We knew the region was a high growth area, and we saw our sales grow by double digits year after year. Over time, we added capabilities to service more and more Goodrich products on the diverse aircraft operating in the region.
"Today the campus has been expanded to include a full range of MRO services for components and systems for both commercial and military aerospace customers across Asia, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Our services cover a broad range of aircraft, and we see significant levels of MRO business from the Airbus A320 and Boeing 777 aircraft, which are both very popular in the region. In partnership with other Goodrich business units colocated at the campus, we also have tooling and training units moving in to support the Boeing 787 entry into service, and we are readying for the new Airbus A350 XWB and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft."
MRO capabilities at the Goodrich Singapore campus include aircraft nacelle systems, flight controls, cargo systems, engine controls and components, actuation systems and aircraft evacuation systems. In addition, the Singapore team performs original equipment manufacturing and research & development activities. Recent projects include designing, developing and producing major subsystems for the Goodrich nacelle system in the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1000G engine that will power a number of new aircraft such as the Bombardier CSeries aircraft and Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
The Singapore facility, located next to Changi Airport, is Goodrich's largest MRO campus. Goodrich operates a global network of MRO facilities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, the UK and the US.
As composite materials are increasingly used in the aeronautical industry, Goodrich is not to be outdone. Bolstered by its past know-how in the field, the group has the capacity to meet the new demands of its customers. The Singapore campus already benefits from the group's experience in the composite sector and is fully equipped with necessary skills and dedicated tools.
Through its EPP (Engineered Polymer Products) unit, Goodrich has been designing, testing and manufacturing composite structures that are lightweight, corrosionresistant, fire-resistant, and acoustically transparent or radarabsorbing for some time now. These composite products are installed on navy surface combat ships, submarines, special operations craft, and on commercial passenger aircraft including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The company provides innovative, cost-effective solutions using its core competencies in acoustic/structural polymeric design, manufacturing processes for large and small scale composites, rubber/laminate bonding and dynamic elastomer formulations. As part of the Goodrich Aerostructures business, EPP also has an extensive global field service team that installs, maintains and repairs the products. EPP is a supplier of composite structures and acoustic materials for the defence and aerospace markets, in addition to being a leading supplier and integrator of nacelle, pylon and flight control systems for large commercial, regional jet, and military aircraft.
The aerodynamic composite fairings that house the satellite radio receiver and transmitter on the top of many commercial aircraft must be transparent to radio signals, requiring composite construction, typically fibreglass (GRP). In addition to being very lightweight, these composite radomes must be extremely rigid to resist aerodynamic forces, buffeting, hail, bird, lightning strikes, handling, cleaning, and de-icing. Incorporated into the design of the radome are materials that are resistive to chemical and thermal de-icing, cleaning solvents and ultraviolet radiation. Goodrich also produces Boeing 787 ballast covers. These composite covers protect electrical components used for the exterior lighting of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The lights themselves are manufactured by Goodrich's Lighting Systems. The use of lightweight materials such as composites is necessary to meet the fuel economy and range requirements of the 787. The ballast covers are constructed using E-glass/epoxy reinforcement to produce a stiff, lightweight and electrically transparent structure. Using precision layup methods, the ballast covers are autoclavecured and machined to exacting tolerances.