KMWE signs an MoU with BAE Systems

This will boost the aerospace sector in Malaysia

British Aviation Engineering Systems and Dutch Aerospace supplier KMWE (based in Malaysia in Penang) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will boost the aerospace sector in Malaysia. Both parties met at the Dutch pavilion organised by the Netherlands Embassy at the DSA convention in May of this year. The MoU will enable the development of new aerospace manufacturing capabilities in Malaysia which will both enhance the existing sector and enable deeper integration of capabilities within the Malaysian aerospace supply-chain.

“Building capacity and capability in markets that are important to our customers is part of our ongoing strategy to develop and grow our business.  We are aware of the history of BAE Systems in Malaysia, which makes their support invaluable.”  Said Edward Voncken, CEO of KMWE Group.

KMWE has opened a precision manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia which has recently passed its aerospace AS9100 quality audit. Over 175 staff are currently employed at the Penang facility.  By working closely with BAE Systems and its partners within the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium, KMWE believes that the activities performed under the MoU will help to achieve its vision – to double its production capacity in Malaysia within the next 5 years. The KMWE facility in Penang will manufacture military and civil aircraft components that will be exported either as part of a Malaysian supply-chain assembled aircraft structure or direct to an aircraft original equipment manufacturer.