Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) Group has officially opened a new component MRO facility at Xiamen, in Mainland China called HAECO Component Overhaul , which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the HAECO Group. The initial 1,500 m² component MRO workshop setup has technical capabilities on hydraulic, mechanical, avionic and pneumatic systems across the Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft fleets covering 400 part numbers, expanding to 1,200 by the end of 2014. The facility currently operates under European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval, and intends to obtain approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). With a skilled workforce of 77 employees from Hong Kong and Xiamen, the new subsidiary aims to increase its production staff to over 200 by 2016. The technical capabilities and production capacity of the Xiamen facility will dovetail with the HAECO Group’s component workshops in Hong Kong and in conjunction with the Group’s subsidiary and associate facilities covering wheels and brakes, tyres, aero- structures, landing gear, APUs, and other Line Replacement Units, will greatly enhance component support provided to the Group’s airframe and line maintenance customers around the Asia Pacific region. The new company has put in place streamlined customs declaration and clearance procedures, enhanced round-the-clock logistics processes, and repair process optimisation to drive improvement in cycle times, component reliability, and supply chain costs. This will in turn enhance repair support for the Group’s inventory technical management company, HAECO ITM.