Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, Chris Birdsong, at signing ceremony with MARA Group CEO, Nazim Rahman
Atkins has won a contract as lead consultant and masterplanner to help develop Asia Aerospace City (AAC) in Subang, Malaysia into a world class facility for the aerospace industry. MARA, the government agency responsible for education and entrepreneurship, hopes to attract global aerospace engineering services business to the region, potentially worth US $1 trillion by 2020.
The development will be designed as a smart city, with cutting edge research and development facilities, integrated office suites, academic campuses, a convention centre and residential areas.
Chris Birdsong, Atkins’ CEO for Asia Pacific, said: “I am excited about this strategic project. In line with Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Plan which calls for the nation to become a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year 2020, education plays a vital role to achieve the vision and the facility will directly benefit the local community.”
“I am also delighted to work with MARA on this project. The combination of international expertise we bring combined with MARA’s vision and profound local know-how will help both parties to unlock future opportunities.”
Rural and Regional Development Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the development will draw interest and commitments from international aerospace industry players and Malaysia will be the aerospace hub in Asia.
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, witnessed a signing ceremony recently between MARA and Atkins.