Pratt & Whitney breaks ground on Singapore plant
Jan. 31, 2013, Singapore - Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has started construction on its first manufacturing plant in Singapore, which will produce fan blades and high-pressure turbine disks for its PurePower Geared Turbofan engines.
February 1, 2013 By aerospace-technology.com
The new 180,000 square foot facility will be located adjacent to the company's flagship facility at the Seletar Aerospace Park – Pratt & Whitney Singapore Component Repair.
Pratt & Whitney stated it has invested some $110 million in the development of these two facilities.
The construction of the facility is expected to be complete by 2014, with production of commercial engine fan blades slated to begin in 2015 and high-pressure turbine disks by 2016.
The move will increase Pratt & Whitney's work force in Singapore to more than 2,500 over the next five years.
Pratt & Whitney president David Hess said that the new plant would strengthen the company's footprint in Singapore.
"This expansion is a strategic investment for our company, and we are confident the Asia Pacific market is well-positioned for economic growth in 2013 and beyond," Hess added.
The new manufacturing facility will allow Pratt & Whitney to meet global customer demand for commercial aircraft engines.
Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney is in the final stages of completing a 160,000 square foot Singapore Component Repair centre in the Seletar Aerospace Park, which is scheduled to begin initial production before the end of this year.
In February 2012, the aeroplane engine manufacturer announced the start of the Singapore Component Repair centre that will provide PW4000-engine part repair services and also include Global Services Engineering-Asia department.