All the major international aerospace companies are expected to make announcements at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, and Pratt & Whitney made a few of its own on the first day. Among them was its goal to set up an engineering center in India, strengthening its ties with the country and making use of its vast engineering resources.
New engineering center in India
Pratt & Whitney declared on Monday that it is setting up a state-of-the-art India Engineering Center (IEC) in Bengaluru. The US aerospace manufacturer declared on the sidelines of the ongoing Farnborough Airshow and stated that the center is slated to commence operation start in next year in January.
The IEC will focus on providing contract engineering services and is expected to hire 500 engineers and professionals when fully staffed. Geoff Hunt, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, remarked,
“Pratt & Whitney’s India Engineering Center will be the first-of-its-kind investment for our company in India. The IEC will allow Pratt & Whitney leverage the engineering skills our future Indian workforce will deliver, as Pratt & Whitney continues to advance the world’s only fielded geared turbofan and develop sustainable propulsion for the next generation of propulsion.”
United Technologies Corporation India Pvt Ltd
The ICC is a world-class international supply chain support and operations center, launched in 2022 as part of United Technologies Corporation India Pvt Ltd (UTCIPL), operating almost 200.
The new engineering center will be combined with Pratt & Whitney’s international engineering operations and will operate near with the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Poland centers. The IEC has already begun recruiting its first set of engineers and professionals.
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Paul Weedon, executive director, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada, has also welcomed the statement and stated that the IEC will allow them to synergize with existing Pratt & Whitney Operations capabilities in India.
Pratt & Whitney has had a long-standing presence in India for nearly seven decades. Its association with the country goes back to 1960 when Air India welcomed the delivery of its first Boeing 707 powered by Pratt & Whitney’s JT3D engines.
Now, its product portfolio in India spans commercial aviation, regional/ business aviation, and military applications. Regarding the IEC, Ashmita Sethi, managing director of UTCIPL, said,
“Pratt & Whitney’s development in the country represents our strong ties and deep respect for the skills India offers, skills needed for the future of aviation.”
Indeed, with India slated to become the third-biggest aviation market soon and with all its engineering talent, Pratt & Whitney’s rising presence in the country seems to be a step in the right direction.
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