Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) and Changi Airport are two cases in point. The plots of land in SAP’s phase-1 and phase-2 development have nearly all been built on or have been reserved, but now there are 40 plots in phase 3 being made available, of which 11 have runway access.
Phase 3 consists of a parcel of land at the southern end of SAP and a much larger parcel of land at the eastern side that was previously military land.
Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) is responsible for developing and managing SAP. JTC assistant managing director Heah Soon Poh says it has been a real challenge getting the land on the eastern side ready for development, because this was previously military land and they have had to redirect some underground cabling, sewage systems and water pipelines.
Companies that wish to lease land at SAP and build their own facilities can get 30-year leases, says Heah. He says JTC also builds stand-alone single-story factories that companies can lease; additionally, small-medium enterprises are welcome to lease space in a multistory facility called JTC Aviation One. Space in this facility is available on three-year lease, with option to extend for a further three years. JTC also plans to build a much larger multistory facility called Aviation Two.
Heah says Singapore is building from the strong base it has developed in MRO to do manufacturing of aerospace components and parts.
There are a total of 45 companies at SAP today, of which 23 are local companies and 22 are foreign companies, he says. The big-name tenants include Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, Bell Helicopter-Cessna, Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter), Bombardier, ATR, CAE, Fokker Services Asia, Jet Aviation, ST Aerospace and Vector Aerospace Asia.
Heah says some small- and medium-size Singapore companies have decided to establish facilities at SAP to be closer to their customers. He cites Wah Son Engineering, which provides engine rigs to Rolls-Royce, as an example. Heah also says Wah Son established a factory at SAP because it was unable to expand its facility at Loyang Way.
Some of the companies at SAP are pushing for more public transport links to SAP. Heah says that in February JTC will introduce shuttle bus services at peak times linking SAP to three metro (MRT) train stations.
He also says JTC is planning to introduce more food and beverage outlets at SAP by converting some of the black and white residential houses at SAP to this purpose.