Pratt & Whitney will go ahead with a 105,000-sq.-ft. facility at Seletar Aerospace Park that will form the centerpiece of its expanding Global Service Partners maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business activities in Singapore.
The company broke ground on the $22 million campus in 2008, but its development—like many others in the industry—was delayed by the global recession. Plans call for it to be operational by the first quarter of next year.
The campus will house engineering and component repair businesses and become the administrative and quality processes headquarters for the company’s activities in Singapore. These began some 30 years ago, and have grown into seven businesses employing more than 2,500 people. Pratt & Whitney is, according to Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), the largest foreign aerospace investor on the island.
“The center’s overhaul shop will perform parts repair and overhaul, including high-tech coatings,” for legacy engines such as the PW4000, sasy Jerry Tarnacki, vice president of Global Service Partners. And Global Services Engineering–Asia, set up in 2005 as an engineering R&D center of excellence, also will move to the campus.
Pratt & Whitney’s MRO businesses in Singapore were generating revenue of some $400 million a year in 2010, and this was expected to grow as new activities were brought on stream. The businesses include Global Services Engineering–Asia, Combustor Airmotive Services, Eagle Services Asia, International Aerospace Tubes–Asia, Pratt & Whitney Services, Turbine Overhaul Services and Pratt & Whitney Canada S.E.A.
Pratt & Whitney has praised the quality of its Singapore workforce and its willingness to embrace and enhance the company’s ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) quality programs--all of its operations have achieved silver or gold status. Efficiencies more than offset salaries that are higher than in many parts of Asia, resulting in a favorable cost equation, the company said.