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Langkawi, 5 December 2007: CTRM Aero Composites Sdn Bhd (CTRM AC) is inking an agreement with EADS CASA to manufacture composites aero components for the new 21st century air lifter, the Airbus A 400M. EADS CASA is the key 1st Tier supplier to Airbus industries.

The agreement is a continuation of a fruitful cooperation between CTRM AC, a subsidiary of Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) with Airbus and its partners.

Currently CTRM, through CTRM AC is the only Asian company that involved in the manufacturing programme of Airbus A 380, the biggest commercial aircraft ever manufactured in the history of aviation.

“The Airbus A 400M programme is new to us as it involves in the manufacturing of a new generation of military air lifter in 21st century. The sole purpose of this programme is to replace the ageing fleet is to replace the ageing fleet of C-130 and C-160”, says Y Bhg. Datuk Rosdi bin Mahmud, Chief Executive of CTRM.

The signing took place in conjunction with Langkawi International Aerospace and Maritime Exhibition (LIMA 2007) in Langkawi. Y Bhg Datuk Rosdi bin Mahmud represents CTRM AC for the signing ceremony, while Mr Antonio Rodriguez Barberan, Vice President of Sales, represents EADS CASA. The ceremony is witnessed by YAB Dato’ Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Deputy Prime Minister.

“This contract serves as a testimonial for CTRM capability and ability in manufacturing the composites aero components for both military and commercial purposes”, adds Datuk Rosdi Mahmud.

Malaysia is one of the participants in the Airbus A 400M programme when Ministry of Defence agreed to purchase 4 units of Airbus A 400M military air lifter to replace its ageing C-130s in service with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Currently CTRM AC is in the process of manufacturing VTP Trailing Edge, HTP Trailing Edge and VTP Leading Edge for EADS CASA for the A 400M programme and 5 aircrafts set of these items has been delivered to EADS CASA.

The programme will last until 2021 with estimated of the new Airbus A 400M to be first delivered to its customers in 2009.

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