LANGKAWI, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM)
has secured a RM11 million contract to make and supply composite fenestron to support Eurocopter's
production of its EC130 helicopter.
The EC130 is the first helicopter work package awarded to CTRM by any original equipment
CTRM's group chief executive officer, Datuk Rosdi Mahmud, said the deal was extremely significant
to the company in its strategy to acquire more work packages from OEM, or Super Tier 1, especially
for diversification into rotary wing aircraft.
"Even the contract value was not comparable to fixed-wing aircraft programme, but the 'value-for-
money' in terms of manufacturing and product technology is appealing.
"The success of this strategic partnership signifies Eurocopter's confident in CTRM's capability in
taking on more complex component work and assembly of aircraft composites structures," he told a
media briefing after the signing of the agreement here today.
Also present was Air Force Chief Gen Tan Sri Rodzali Daud.
Rosdi signed the agreement on behalf of CTRM and Eurocopter was represented by Lambert.
This contract, he said, would initiate composite helicopter technology to CTRM which was already
well-established and recognised within the EADS family for fixed-wing parts, and would pave the
way for a long-term bilateral cooperation.
Meanwhile, Eurocopter's senior vice-president and head of customer relations, Olivier Lambert,
said the cooperation between CTRM and Eurocopter was a new step towards strategic industrial
partnership that the company intended to develop in Malaysia.