On June 24, 2020, GAMECO (Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co. Ltd) celebrated the groundbreaking of its CBC (Component Business Center) and CRC (Composite Repair Center). With a total investment of about 600 million yuan, the two facilities are expected to go into operation in early 2022.
Ideally located at the northwest corner of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport with easy access to the north extension of the airport highways, the new facilities will be close to GAMECO’s headquarter and replace the existing facilities 20 km away at downtown Guangzhou Baiyun district. A total construction area of 54,000 sqm, divided in 38,000 sqm for the CBC and 16,000 sqm for the CRC, will give ample space to integrate all critical processes under one roof and realize a highly advanced “one-stop total service” concept. With our experienced staff and the support of China Southern Airlines, these two facilities will continue to be a leading force and benchmark in the Chinese MRO industry.
Already today GAMECO, covers most of the common aircraft types with deep and comprehensive component repair capability. With the establishment of these two facilities, GAMECO will usher in a phase of accelerated development, leading to more comprehensive modification/refurbishment/out-of-manual repair capabilities of airborne components, such as avionics, electrics, instrumentation, IFE, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical, fuel, hot air and wheel brake, as well as composite structure parts, such as nacelle, inlet cowl, thrust reverser, fan cowl, nozzle, radome, slat, flap and rudder, etc. Beside our important A320/330 and B737/777 component business, GAMECO will also invest into the development of capabilities for new generation aircraft, esp. B787 and A350.
The new state-of-the-art CBC and CRC with its tremendous capabilities will fundamentally resolve any restriction to development caused by today’s aging workshops. It will greatly support the component and composite repair demands of the growing China Southern Airlines’ fleet and offer high value for third party’s customers from China and abroad. Already today GAMECO is a reliable partner to several OEM’s, for warranty repair and as their authorized repair center in China and we are open to expand into new partnerships. Combining the factors of technical capabilities, international cooperation, independent R&D and huge facilities leads to bright business opportunities in maintenance, parts manufacturing, on-site and AOG support, adding value and supporting the operation of our customers.
This new CBC and CRC comes with the wonderful opportunity to realize “smart maintenance” (industry 4.0) and apply new technologies including 3D printing, intelligent logistics, robot-assisted maintenance, VR/AR, IoT, Big Data and artificial intelligence. It will create new job opportunities and additional taxes income to Guangzhou Airport Economic Zone, and also drive Guangzhou Airport Economic Zone towards the goal of building a global Aircraft Maintenance Industry Center.
GAMECO, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. and Hong Kong Hutchison Whampoa (China) Co., Ltd.