ST Aerospace has launched a new VIP aircraft interiors centre at Seletar Aerospace Park to serve customers from across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East.
The centre will design, upholster and fabricate cabin interiors, as well as provide maintenance for narrow-body VIP aircraft, including the Boeing business jets (BBJs) and Airbus corporate jets (ACJs), ST Aerospace said.
The aerospace arm of ST Engineering also announced it had landed five refurbishment and maintenance contracts, of which two projects - involving an A319 ACJ and a Boeing 737 BBJ - will take place at its new centre in Singapore.
The facility is ST Aerospace's second aircraft interiors centre. The first was set up in San Antonio, Texas in 2011.
All engineers and craftsmen of the Singapore-based centre have been trained at San Antonio.
"ST Aerospace's VIP aircraft interiors centre is an example of how local companies can move up the value chain by diversifying into high value-added design and engineering services," said Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of Economic Development Board. "This centre adds vibrancy to our aerospace ecosystem, and enhances Singapore's attractiveness as a hub from which premium aftermarket services are offered to the region."
Lim Serh Ghee, president of ST Aerospace, said: "Besides increasing our geographical footprint to provide convenience to customers in this region, what is also exciting is the amount of skills transfer involved. New skills are imparted from our successful set-up in the US, to ensure we offer the same level of aesthetics, engineering and on-time delivery."
The 2,690-sq-m centre will create 70 new skilled jobs.