By: Greg Waldron Langkawi
03:05 8 Dec 2011
Aerostructures company Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) is intent on
becoming a tier one supplier to the world's airframers.
CTRM group chief marketing officer Wan Abdullah Halim said the company has made
significant progress since its founding in 1990, steadily accumulating contracts with Airbus
in the 1990s and Boeing during the past decade. He estimates the company's orderbook runs
at seven billion Malaysian ringgit ($2.2 billion).
Traditionally the company has specialised in producing composite parts, such as the leading
and trailing edges of the Airbus A320's wing. Increasingly it is trying to move up the value
chain. It was a risk-sharing partner on the A380 programme, designing and producing the
fixed-wing leading edges.
Today the company's factory in Malacca produces for a range of major programmes. As
part of Malaysia's purchase of four Airbus Military A400M transports, for example, CTRM
produces the aircraft's control surface panels, fairings, landing doors, empennage parts and
Other aircraft with CTRM components are the Boeing 737, 767, 777 and 787. The company
also has work on developmental types such as the Airbus A350, Bombardier C-Series and
Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
"Diversification is key to driving revenues," said Halim. "We would like to move into
fuselages and eventually become a tier one supplier."
CTRM is 98% owned by Malaysia's ministry of finance and 2% by state-oil company
Petronas. Halim said the shareholders give the company a free hand to develop its business
and that it is profitable.