Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara renew teaming framework
July, 4, 2011, Jakarta - Witnessed by French Prime Minister François Fillon in Jakarta, Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (also known as Indonesian Aerospace) signed on Friday a new teaming framework agreement, to continue the successful partnership which consists of industrial co-operation as well as marketing of Eurocopter products to Indonesian governmental entities.
By Carey Fredericks
The first teaming framework agreement was signed between Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) back in 2006. The renewal of the partnership will see a continuation of the joint effort for a further five years, as representatives from both organizations put pen to paper in a signing ceremony today in Jakarta, in the presence of French Prime Minister, François Fillon, who was on an official visit in Indonesia.
Signing for PTDI is its President Director, Budi Santoso. Henri Stell, Eurocopter Deputy Vice President Sales and Customer Relations (Asia Pacific), was present to sign on behalf of Dominique Maudet, Eurocopter Executive Vice-President Global Business & Services. The partnership between Eurocopter and PTDI began some 35 years ago – when Eurocopter was then known as Aérospatiale and MBB; and PTDI known as Nurtanio – with the licensed production of 123 BO105, 11 Puma SA33 and 19 Super Puma AS332 helicopters. The partnership was further strengthened in 2008 when the two companies set up an assembly line for the Super Puma MK helicopter airframes in Bandung, Indonesia, thereby successfully integrating PTDI into Eurocopter’s global supply chain.
The agreement renewal signalled bigger things to come for both parties. Henri Stell pointed out that “both Eurocopter and PTDI can capitalize on each other’s strengths – PTDI’s strong local insights, network and solid infrastructure; and Eurocopter’s global strategy and network coupled with having the world’s widest helicopter product range – to secure upcoming local procurement programmes and grow the business together.”
Agreeing with Henri Stell, PTDI President Director Budi Santoso noted that “Indonesia has been viewed as one of the most dynamic helicopter markets in Southeast Asia not only due to its vast land area and island archipelago, but also to the fact that there are many ageing helicopter fleets that would need replacement in the coming years.” He added, “Together with Eurocopter, our
synergy will ensure that we are in a good position to bid for these contracts when the opportunities arise.”