In August 2022, we successfully officialise our collaboration with Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) on the establishment of an industrial lab for aerospace composite research and technology (R&T) through an MoU exchange ceremony during MyAero’22 Summit @ KLCC.
Shortly after that, our project team members (AMIC-CTRM-UTeM) started to mobilise available resources to setup the lab in Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) at UTeM’s main campus from the ground up. Few high performance machineries were brought in such as the hot press machine (locally designed and fabricated by Ingress – Talent Synergy Sdn Bhd) and high-pressure injection machine (ISOJET Equipements, France). These companies are strategic to us as their machines serve as the backbone of our Out-of-Autoclave (OOA) development activities in thermoplastic composite and resin transfer moulding technologies, and eventually capable to be scaled up for production setup.
In the near future, we will focus to embed our composite manufacturing technology development with digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision (CV), IoT, and robotics. These directions are justified with the current production ramp-up in the aerospace manufacturing industry as well as the next-generation aircraft design.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to all team members from CTRM and UTeM, who have worked hard to lay this foundation for our future R&T collaboration. And for my team members, Sarah Othman, Rabiatuladawiah Abu Hanifah, Najme Hellme thank you for your endless support given to the projects and myself.
At Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC), we believe in collaborative efforts through research and technology to increase our local aerospace supply chain capabilities and capacities. To ensure this to become a reality, AMIC engages various stakeholders such as government agencies, academia, industry players and SMEs within our development activities.