MAHB SEALS KLIA AEROPOLIS DEALS
Airport operator ties up with Invest Selangor, TCR Solution, Cainiao Network
MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is now several steps closer to realising the development of KLIA Aeropolis after finalising several agreements on the project at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA) 2017, here, yesterday.
MAHB signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Invest Selangor Bhd, a Selangor investment promotion agency, and a partnership agreement with TCR Solution Sdn Bhd, of TCR Group, a Belgium-based ground support equipment service provider.
It also signed an MoU with Cainiao Network to explore development of a regional e-commerce and logistics hub at the KLIA Aeropolis.
The MoU with Invest Selangor was to promote and market KLIA Aeropolis and Subang Aerospace Park as an Asean regional aerospace hub.
MAHB and Invest Selangor will jointly market both locations to aerospace players around the world through meetings, conferences, workshops and business-to-business (B2B) events, among others.
The strategic partnership between MAHB and TCR provides the latter a platform to offer its ground support equipment facilities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which will serve as TCR International’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.
At the same time, it will also serve as the foundation of the company’s Asia-Pacific expansion, targeting Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.
MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said yesterday the agreements with Invest Selangor and TCR Group was pleasing to MAHB as both companies had the right capacity and experience to materialise the goals of KLIA Aeropolis.
“(They can) make it a success through their expertise, business objectives and service offerings. We are confident the collaboration with these companies will further position MAHB as a regional key economic enabler.”
MAHB announced the Cainiao deal in conjunction with the launch of the world’s first Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Wednesday.
Under the MoU, the companies have agreed to explore jointly the establishment of a regional ecommerce and logistics hub at KLIA Aeropolis to cater to the business-to-consumer (B2C) and B2B segments.
This is in line with Alibaba Group’s vision to develop an electronic world trade platform to enable SMEs and young entrepreneurs to participate in the global trade easily, equally and freely.
Among the proposed cooperations, Cainiao and Lazada will lead other Alibaba subsidiaries and affiliates to work with MAHB for the development of the e-fulfilment hub. The initial phase is currently expected to roll out before the end of this year, leading to the planned formal launch by the end of 2019.
“Apart from realising our vision to become the global leader in creating airport cities, this collaboration will further support the government’s aim to transform Malaysia into a key sourcing and fulfilment hub for global marketplaces and nurture an ecosystem to drive innovation in e-commerce by tapping available resources under KLIA Aeropolis,” said Badlisham.
Cainiao president Wan Lin said: “The key purpose for establishing this e-fulfillment hub is to help connect small and medium enterprises to world markets via an efficient and cost-effective platform so they can benefit from a network effect as more and more e-hubs join the platform.
“Underpinning the hub is a data platform that will enable both B2C and B2B enterprises to overcome hurdles such as customs clearance. That will in turn help lay the foundation to achieve our goal of 72-hour delivery to anywhere in the world.”
KLIA Aeropolis was selected to be the site of the initial phase for the DFTZ. The Air Cargo & Logistics cluster seeks to leverage the strategic location of KLIA within Southeast Asia.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali (inset) says the agreements with Invest Selangor and TCR Group is pleasing to MAHB as both companies have the right capacity and experience to help it materialise the goals of KLIA Aeropolis.