MOEA’s Traditional Industry Southern Team Aids Southern Taiwan’s Airline Industry in Becoming Suppliers of Key Components for Fuel-Efficient Aircraft Engines
Organization: Industrial Development Bureau, MOEA Publish Date: 2016-02-22 14:01
Given global economic growth and the continued market development of new civil airplanes, the Boeing Company estimates a global market demand of 38,050 airplanes in the next two decades, with gross output reaching up to US$5.6 trillion. The Taiwan-based China Airlines and Eva Air have procured cutting-edge jet airliners powered by new-generation fuel-efficient engines, such as the Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which are scheduled to start continuous delivery in the second half of 2016.
Taiwan’s airline industry has succeeded in becoming part of the global supply chains of Airbus and Boeing, two international civil airplane giants, as well as aircraft engine manufacturers such as GE, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce with the guidance and assistance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and their years of accumulated experience and capabilities with respect to international cooperation. In addition, a research-led manufacturing cluster for aircraft engine components established in Southern Taiwan has become a mid-and-long-term supplier of components for new-generation airplanes and engines.
As component suppliers of the world’s best-selling medium-sized CFM56 engines, the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), Chaheng Precision Co., Ltd., and Magnate Technology Co., Ltd. have also captured a share of the market for the latest large-sized fuel-efficient engines such as LEAP, Trent XWB and GEnx, with their outstanding technologies and delivery capabilities. The key modules and components they supply include engine casings, blades, diffusers, etc. and are expected to go into mass production in 2018.
The growing demand for international flights has brought in regular orders for Taiwan’s airlines, and there has been continued investment in procuring equipment, expanding productivity, and building factories. The MOEA’s Industrial Development Bureau will also support related domestic businesses in developing key technologies, passing international certifications, and conducting mass production through the Taiwan Industrial Innovation Platform Program, industrial cooperation program, and other governmental resources, in the hope of taking the development of Taiwan’s airline supply chain to new heights.