Pratt & Whitney officially opened its first manufacturing facility in Singapore on Monday. The 180,000 square foot facility will produce fan blades and other key components for Pratt & Whitney's new PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine family. Hear from some of the employees of this state-of-the-art facility in this video.
The fact that Pratt & Whitney felt strongly enough in the labor base and the skills of the people here in Singapore to come and build a brand new facility in support of our brand new engine program, it's really a testament to the strength of the Singaporean people and the ties between Pratt & Whitney and Singapore.
What's special about Singapore is we share a common goal with the Singapore government, which is investing in the future, developing talent, and innovation.
You have the opportunity to build a factory for production instead of production fitting into a building.
We've had the ability to put into this factory the most advanced manufacturing technologies that we have. Our systems are fully integrated. We have adaptive machining. We have hands-free operations. And our inspection methods are the most advanced that there are.
Pratt & Whitney has put in two of the most complicated parts here that could be manufactured and so that sends some message that they're confident in us.
We're seeing everything from chemical lines to machining lines to finishing processes.
We have a lot of standards, quality and technical engineering, everything.
Being this a new product line and new engine, the way I see it as a huge future in Pratt & Whitney.
With the launch of this new production factory in Singapore, we have worked hard to attract the best and the brightest talent that Singapore has to offer and now that we are 18 months into this organization, I'm pretty proud to sit back and say that I think we did it.
It's gonna be a great opportunity for local people if they want to work here in Singapore as well because they'll be a manufacturing facility that offers a completely different side of manufacturing from what they're used to.
And it's really amazing to see the teamwork that we've built and it gives me great confidence going forward that I know we'll be able to meet any challenges we see here.
Singapore is a pretty cool place and one of the cool things about it is as you drive around you look at the architecture, the infrastructure; it's sort of like living in the future. And I think this building needs to match that vision. We need to have the best technology. We need to be on the cutting edge. And we need to maintain that over the course of 10, 20, 30 years.
I think the future is very bright.
It opens up the innovation market and, yeah, Singapore aviation right up there in the ranking.
So I hope next 10 years we are very busy and a lot of new machines and new technologies here.
With all the engine orders and deliveries we have in the next 10, 20, 30 years, it's going to continue to be a great place to work and a company on the rise.