Danny Di Perna Speaks at Grand Opening of Pratt & Whitney's First Manufacturing Facility in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Monday, February 15, 2016

Pratt & Whitney officially opened its first manufacturing facility in Singapore, through its subsidiary P&W NGPF Manufacturing Company Singapore Pte Ltd, earlier today. The 180,000 square foot facility, located at Seletar Aerospace Park, will produce fan blades and other key components for Pratt & Whitney's new PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine family. Danny Di Perna, senior vice president, Operations, was among the speakers at the grand opening event.

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our facility grand opening celebration.

Let me start today by offering a warm welcome to our distinguished guests gathered here today. We are fortunate today to have with us

  • • Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. S Iswaran
  • • The president of Pratt & Whitney, Bob Leduc
  • • And our UTC Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Aerospace, David Hess

I also want to extend a warm welcome to our customers, the local Singaporean government officials, our employees, facility contractors, and members of the media

Thank you for joining us to commemorate the official grand opening of the Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Singapore facility.

Today, we are gathered here together in our new 180,000 square-foot facility that will manufacture fan blade bodies, finished part fan blade assembly and critical turbine rotating components for our Geared Turbofan family of engines.

As is evident by the space available, we have big plans for this place. Production has just begun in this new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and over the next 12 months, this manufacturing site will be full with advanced high-speed machining centers, advanced metrology and the latest techniques in manufacturing automation.

Over the past few years, Pratt & Whitney has invested roughly $1 billion globally to create and modernize our manufacturing infrastructure. The manufacturing investments here in Singapore, at this facility, are an integral part of our capacity and capability plan as we prepare for the historic aerospace production ramp.

This facility is not only good for our business; it is also great for the planet: Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council as well as being certified Gold by Singapore's Green Mark Building scheme.

As with all Pratt & Whitney facilities in Singapore, this site benefits from the use of solar panels. By harnessing power from the sun, we're making use of renewable energy to help power our facility and operations thereby reducing our environmental footprint and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.

We have invested in Singapore, because the island is well-known throughout the aerospace industry and in the region for its highly-trained and technically-skilled workforce and its build-up of supporting industries that complement the aviation industry.

We have found some of the best talent here.

Seeing is believing! One of the best ways to observe the character of our employees is to watch them tell you about what they do.

This facility represents the continuation of Pratt & Whitney's strong partnership and long-standing commitment to Singapore that began more than 30 years ago centered around overhaul and repair services for our engines.

That commitment and partnership becomes stronger today with this, our first OEM manufacturing site in Singapore.

None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of our friends at EDB (Economic Development Board) and JTC, who have been loyal partners throughout this process. For that, I would like to extend my sincere thanks.

There are many people who helped make this facility a reality, and we all know what it takes to create something of this magnitude.

First, the people of Pratt & Whitney created the need. We created the best dependable engines for our customers.

Second, we created a vision – a state-of-the-art facility that could produce these dependable parts for a game-changing engine family our customers can't resist buying.

Third, we created a magnificent team! One that includes every person here today.

Thank you all for your passion, dedication and hard work to make this beautiful facility a reality.