Supporting Regional Growth through an Ever-Evolving Supply Chain

ISSUE #58 – A member of the SAFRAN group, Turbomeca is the world leader in helicopter engines and the only manufacturer operating in Singapore. With the broadest range of turboshafts, providing from 500 to 3,000 shaft horsepower, Turbomeca’s ambition is to be the fi rst-choice manufacturer for the entire helicopter industry.

bnpix / Safran

Turbomeca Asia Pacific (TAP) has been based in Singapore since 1991. By covering 17 countries, from the Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia, we support 175 operators with almost 1,000 engines.

This support is characterised by a broad range of services offered to our customers as well as a wide network of maintenance centres (Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea). This highlights TAP’s strategy of working closely with our customers.

With increasing numbers of clients and engines ordered, Turbomeca faces many challenges, specifically at the supply chain level where we have to deal with logistics fl ow coming from all around the world while respecting constraints of export control and quality. In particular, we aim to honour our commitment to deliver spare parts within five days of receiving customer’s purchase orders. Also, as a standard in our business, we must deal with any Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situation within 24 hours.

Eric Drouin / Snecma / Safran

Turbomeca has invested on local stocks of spare parts and engines in order to meet customer expectations

Streamlining Processes

Similar to other companies in the aerospace and defence industry, Turbomeca continually seeks to create competitive advantage and manage its supply chain more effectively.

Since 2012, our finance, commercial and supply chain departments manage their day-to-day activities from stocks management to deliveries through SAP ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).

Turbomeca has invested on local stocks of spare parts and engines in order to meet customer expectations. As such, SAP has allowed us to optimise our inventory size and smoothen out the reordering process with relevant parametres of reorder point, safety stock, and so on.

Turbomeca aims to be a one-stop supply chain service provider to our customers. Understanding the difficulties in logistics arrangement impacts customers’ operation so we provide more and more door-to-door logistics solutions and support from our local freight forwarders from time to time.

By adopting a continuous improvement mind-set, TAP will be moving to its new Seletar facility in Q1 2016 to support our growth in the region.

This new building will double our storage capacity and be equipped with the latest warehouse equipment to bring our supply chain to a new era for the next 20 years.


By Matthieu Pere, CSM Director, Turbomeca Asia Pacific


PHOTOS (Top to Down):

Engine’s warehouse

Stock of spare parts

Logistics centre


Article published in the FOCUS Magazine “New Links in the Supply Chain” – September 2015