There are several suppliers in Malaysia supporting all Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs. They comprise composite panels, major structural assemblies, engine fan cowls, precision machine parts, landing gear and avionics systems.
Aerospace Composites Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Aerospace Composites Malaysia Sdn Bhd. (ACM), a world leader in supplying composite products and subassemblies to the global aerospace industry, is a strategic alliance between U.S. joint venture partners Hexcel and Boeing. Boeing has a 50 per cent stake in ACM.
Established in 1998, the joint venture is based in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, Malaysia. The $32 million ACM plant was officially opened by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in September 2002.
In 2005, ACM became the world’s sole producer of aileron composites for the Next-Generation 737 commercial jetliner. Before producing ailerons, ACM was the sole producer and distributor of the fixed trailing-edge composite and fixed leading-edge composite for the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 commercial airplane models.
In 2008, Boeing selected ACM to provide the elevator and rudder machined honeycomb core for the 777.
In November 2013, ACM celebrated a 40 percent expansion to support increased production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The $17 million investment allows ACM to continue expanding production of composite flight surfaces for all Boeing airplane programs, including the 787 Dreamliner.
In 2017, ACM commenced with new 777X work, including composite fixed trailing edge panels and empennage panels. In May of 2017, ACM was recognized as having an outstanding safety culture, achieving four years of no lost time due to injuries.
Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia
Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. Spirit AeroSystems Malaysia produces 787 fixed leading edge structural assemblies and added 737 cargo and galley door work in 2017. Spirit commenced with a factory expansion in October 2017 in order to accommodate more future work.