2 December 2011

A unique public-private partnership for research and technology in Southeast Asia is now underway with the major involvement of EADS Innovation Works, as the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) begins operation in a government-supported facility whose operation is being led by industry.

AMIC is co-chaired by EADS Chief Technical Officer Dr. Jean Botti and Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid, the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Its operation is managed by Technical Director Cyrille Schwob – an EADS Innovation Works employee from TCC3 (Technical Capability Centre 3 - Structures Engineering, Production & Mechatronics), who is being seconded to AMIC.


AMIC’s formal inauguration in November brought together key players in the facility’s creation and operation, including Dr. Jean Botti and Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid (at centre), and Cyrille Schwob, who is the Technical Director (second from right).


“This is one of the strongest examples of public-private partnerships that I know of, and it represents a way of working that could be applied to other such relationships in the future,” Botti said. “Malaysia understands the importance of innovation, and the government has made a major investment in a close cooperation with industry. Additionally, the government has taken an intelligent approach in focusing on specific topics where the country can really play a role.”

The three areas identified for AMIC research and technology are composite aerostructures, aviation biofuels and systems integration. Botti noted the Malaysian company CTRM already is a major supplier of composite components for the aviation industry – including Airbus, providing significant in-country expertise in the aerostructures sector.

AMIC was developed through the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), bringing together public and private sector stakeholders as well as the academic and research communities. It is funded by a total of 40 million ringgits (9.43 million euros) in grants from the government of Malaysia, EADS and Rolls Royce, with the centre’s board of directors already approving 15 million ringgits in spending for the first year of operation.