David Hess Speaks at Seletar Aerospace Park Groundbreaking
SINGAPORE, Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today Pratt & Whitney Singapore Manufacturing broke ground on a new facility at the Seletar Aerospace Park. This new production facility will manufacture fan blades and high pressure turbine disks for Pratt & Whitney's PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. This new 180,000 square foot (16,000 square meter) facility will border Pratt & Whitney's existing flagship facility at Seletar – Pratt & Whitney Singapore Component Repair – further expanding the company's 30-year presence in the country.
Now with a total of nine businesses in Singapore, Pratt & Whitney Singapore Manufacturing will help Pratt & Whitney achieve production capacity required to meet customer demand for commercial engines. With the construction of this new facility, Pratt & Whitney's work force in Singapore is expected to increase to more than 2,500 people over the next five years – making it home to the company's most comprehensive aftermarket presence in one location.
Pratt & Whitney President David Hess spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Full text remarks, as prepared for delivery:
Good morning. Thanks Bill for that kind introduction.
Many thanks to Mr. Leo Yip, chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board. We highly value your support, and our very successful working partnership with you.
LONGSTANDING PRESENCE IN SINGAPORE
Today's groundbreaking marks the beginning of something great for Singapore and for Pratt & Whitney. This will be our first manufacturing facility on the island, called Pratt & Whitney Singapore Manufacturing.
But really it's more of a continuation of something great – the great success that we've known in Singapore for 30 years, since Pratt & Whitney first established a presence here in 1983.
Pratt & Whitney has steadily increased its presence in Singapore over more than a quarter-century. With two more sites coming online, today's groundbreaking will increase Pratt & Whitney's workforce in Singapore further.
Our Singapore engine overhaul center, Eagle Services Asia, recently celebrated delivery of its 7,000th overhauled engine. ESA has evolved into a global center of excellence for engine overhaul, with extensive in-house repair capabilities to service the PW4000, CFM56, GE90 and JT9D.
Construction of this new, 180,000 square-foot (16,000 square-meter) production facility for hybrid aluminum fan blades and high-pressure turbine disks is a major step for us. It will provide much-needed production capacity for our PurePower® family of engines.
This project is beginning, even as our adjacent new Singapore Component Repair facility reaches the final stages of completion. That facility is readying for occupancy in March, with initial production to start later this year.
The growing aerospace hub at Seletar Aerospace Park offers an ideal location for aerospace facilities to find synergy. In this beautiful setting, adjacent to the reservoir and airfield, we have an integrated community of aviation-related businesses forming a unique sort of ecosystem.
The Singaporean government has established an infrastructure based on supporting industry, with key suppliers and competitors all in the same place that allows companies to achieve greater efficiency.
Singapore is well-known throughout the global aerospace industry for its abundant resources and skilled workforce. Doing business in Singapore makes good sense for Pratt & Whitney because of the close proximity to our many customers in the Asia Pacific region – and the opportunity that accompanies the region's strong projected growth in aerospace.
Today Singapore is home to the most comprehensive Pratt & Whitney aftermarket presence in one location, and now we are adding manufacturing.
PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION
At Pratt & Whitney, we are also collaborating with Singapore to place qualified graduates on a career track. Last October, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Republic Polytechnic, making available industrial internships to young men and women enrolled at Polytechnic's School of Engineering.
And we've developed a fast-track program allowing new hires to be converted to salaried staff after they successfully complete this program. This will allow Pratt & Whitney to develop a pool of engineers while positioning young graduates to quickly join the workforce as competent, skilled workers.
So we will continue to invest in Asia and Singapore – not just in the facilities, but also in our people.
THANKS TO EDB AND JTC FOR SUPPORT
I want to personally thank the Singapore EDB (Economic Development Board) and the JTC for their strong support of this important project that will result in bringing the total workforce to more than 2,500 people over the next five years.
NEXT-GENERATION PRODUCT FAMILY
This state-of-the art production facility is critical to the development of our next-generation product family of engines with Geared Turbofan™ technology. We now have over 3,500 engine orders for five applications – the Bombardier CSeries, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the A320neo, the Russian MC-21, and now, as of last month, Embraer's E-Jet family.
We call the GTF engine a game-changer. And now Singapore will play an even more significant role with Pratt & Whitney Singapore Manufacturing!
Pratt & Whitney is proud of its large and growing presence in Singapore. It's a great place to do business, with great infrastructure and great people.
We expect to continue growing our presence here for many years to come as Pratt & Whitney Singapore and the entire aerospace industry here flourishes and continues one of the best in the world.