We certainly have moved on from the initial idea of a Boeing centre with several notable milestones being passed in recent years, not least the setting up of a new ASRC centre in the brand-new X block of the PolyU. Even the briefest of looks at the campus requirements for space strongly indicates the University’s willingness to support our endeavours by allocating this area to us. The transition past our first 5-year contract with Boeing was a very important event in our recent history, and we are thankful to Boeing, HAECO, HAESL and the ITC for their continuing support.
It is now almost 10 years since I first proposed this idea to Prof. Wai and we can say that the difficulties of knitting together local and international companies as well as local government was not without its problems, however we have achieved some standing in the area of applied aviation research with even Mr. Nick Yang (Secretary for Innovation and technology Hong Kong) praising our efforts and stating that we were the leading laboratory of our type in the region.
I am sure with continued and improved support that we can do greater things; we only need to look at the examples set by our sister research centres in Europe and Singapore to see what can be done with this model’s idea. So, let us seek further avenues for funding and expansion in the future.
"To become the premier centre supporting the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) community, with projects that positively impact aircraft maintenance in terms of cost, time, quality and safety."
We aim to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial implementation in the area of aviation services within the MRO companies.
We aim to Support technological improvements in MRO related areas throughout the South China region.
The Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) is an applied research centre established by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in combination with the Boeing Company. The primary aim of ASRC is to develop new or improved aviation service technologies applicable to MRO industry and beyond.
The ASRC is established following the Boeing GlobalNet model, the centre and other GlobalNet centres share the following major characteristics:
While the ASRC is located in and owned by PolyU, the centre is not established to conduct primary research, teach or produce academic papers; instead the centre aims to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial implementation. The outcomes of ASRC projects are in the form of working industrial implementations of advanced MRO technologies and methodologies. Those implementations are new to the MRO industry and have the potential to drastically improve quality, throughput and efficiency, not only in Hong Kong but throughout the aviation industry.
The new research facility of the Aviation Services Research Centre (ASRC) was opened on 26 September 2017. The new facility occupies 1,500 square metres on campus and represents an investment of over HK$150 Million with HK$35 million in new equipment including a Starrag ECOSPEED F HT2 1010. The Centre still retains a workshop, with a focus on Titanium processing, in W core.
The principal areas of expertise within the ASRC are;
Major ASRC research areas are:
The Centre is set up to benefit the local community in addition to MRO companies and aircraft manufacturers.
MRO firms joining ASRC as a member can benefit directly by participating in and obtaining the results of all member funded projects. Additionally, members can specify any number of specific projects which are presented to the board for ranking and approval as funds become available.
The centre ensures that both local and regional MRO member companies may take full advantage of the ASRC to strengthen their global competitive position.
Well established Hong Kong MROs can carry out substantial modernisation and improvement programmes by utilising the most up-to-date facilities and drawing on the expertise of world class practitioners all without disrupting daily business operation routines. The young MRO establishments in Mainland, on the other hand, can leverage dedicated ASRC expertise to support their growth program.
It is also important to note that the ASRC, through its membership schemes, supports the multitude of SME’s whose businesses are directly or indirectly linked with the MRO supply chain.
Apart from providing support to core MRO services, The ASRC also supports local MRO’s effort to upgrade manpower and to create a new aircraft component industry in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
The ASRC, as a research consortium, is driven in direction by industry itself. The projects carried out are specified by the industrial board members. The commitment from the centre is to produce meaningful results for industry. As such the centre is exactly what the community needs and bears fruitful and meaningful results for the Government’s investment.
The intention of the centre is to assist in the continual improvement of local industry.
The significant expansion of the aviation industry in Asia brings with it a large increase in orders by the Asian airlines, especially from China. This situation looks very promising for aircraft manufacturers who stand to gain financially. However, a very substantial obstacle to this expansion is the ability of the local and regional aviation industry to attain high levels of MRO both in terms of quality standard and in terms of volume of throughput and reduced turnaround times. By seeking new methodologies and processes to improve MRO technology the ASRC can directly reduce the Total Life-Cycle costs for aircraft, and as such improve the manufacturers’ competitive edge.
Dr S O'Brien from BAE Systems joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Director of the Industrial Centre.
Suggests creation of an Asian AMR & begins Talks with BOEING
Professor Alex Ping Kong Wai. Vice President for R&D, PolyU, give the go ahead to start negotiations.
Dr O'Brien undertakes protracted discussions with Boeing through AI Bryant. They prove the capabilities of the PolyU to Boeing.
Negotiation between PolyU and Boeing continue through numerous technical meetings to determine PolyU's abilities to Dr Shanying.
Andrew Gridley joins the team from BAE Systems.
Dong Yang Wu replaces AI Bryant as head of R&D.
An MOU is signed followed quickly by a contract between PolyU and Boeing setting up the ASRC.
HAECO and HAESL sign up as tire 1 members of the ASRC. ITC grant funding of the first projects.
Work continues on the first 5 projects and the ASRC team grows to 5.
Work begins on Phase 1 of the ASRC facilities. A further 7 projects are funded.
The first 5 projects are successfully completed.
Recruitment of staff takes the count to 20. First large Starrag Machine is installed & a further 2 projects.
Second batch of 7 projects successfully completed. Mark Hayman Joins as CEO. Work begines on the ASRC facility.
The ASRC moves into its new facility.
Implementation of the research projects is measured at 75%.
Travelling to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University The University campus is strategically located in Hung Hom, Kowloon. It is adjacent to the Cross Harbour Tunnel and Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Hung Hom Station (A1 or D1 Exit).
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