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Evergreen eyeing aircraft component production

Staff writer, with CNA

Shipping and airline conglomerate Evergreen Group (長榮集團) has announced plans to enter the aircraft component manufacturing business and devote itself to the development of Taiwan’s aviation industry.

Evergreen chairman Chang Yung-fa (張榮發) said his group was determined to use its efforts in aircraft component manufacturing as a force to strengthen the local aviation sector.

Chang said the group would try its best to support the development of Taiwan’s transportation sector to boost the nation’s global competitiveness.

Chang made the comments in a speech after receiving an honorary doctorate in engineering from National Cheng Kung University on Tuesday.

The degree was conferred on the Evergreen Group chairman in recognition of his contributions to aviation technology and international transportation.

MAINTENANCE HUB

The chairman said he thought there was great potential to develop Taiwan’s aviation sector, adding that the group aims to help build the nation into an aircraft maintenance hub in the Asia--Pacific region for the civil aviation businesses.

Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp (長榮航太), a joint venture between the group and US-based General Electric Co, operates three aircraft maintenance hangars in Taoyuan County.

As demand for maintenance services is on the rise, Evergreen Aviation Technologies has filed an application with transportation authorities to set up a fourth maintenance hangar in Taoyuan to expand its capacity, Chang said.

Evergreen Group is also planning to work with the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the university to provide a civil aeronautics engineering program to train professionals in the area, Chang said.

He said the training program would serve as the beginning of ongoing cooperation between the group and the university.

The program will provide a wide range of courses, such as aircraft structure and operations, aircraft maintenance, basic flying knowledge and flight security, the group said.

The group said it would assign specialists from Evergreen Aviation Technologies and its international carrier, EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空), to lecture at the university.

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