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Pratt & Whitney opens new engineering and repair centre

Pratt & Whitney's new centre at Seletar Aerospace Park will provide maintenance of aero-engine components in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: Aviation firm Pratt & Whitney officially opened its new engineering and repair facility in Singapore on Monday.

The centre will provide maintenance and repair for engine components and house the company's regional office.

Pratt & Whitney's new centre at Seletar Aerospace Park will provide maintenance of aero-engine components in Singapore.

Within the next decade, Asia is expected to become the world's largest market for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for the aerospace industry.

The new facility forms part of Pratt & Whitney's latest S$140 million investment in Singapore.

It is also building a plant to manufacture fan blades and turbine disks - slated to complete by 2016.

William C. Kircher, Vice President of Pratt & Whitney Singapore Overhaul and Repair, said: "We've been in Singapore for 30 years, and we've over 2,000 employees positioned to take advantage of the growth in Asia Pacific .The two most recent facilities in Seletar just add to the regional headquarters. I think the opportunities in Singapore is just the great infrastructure."

The company expects most of the demand for the new facility to come from North Asian markets - China, Japan and Korea.

And its regional hub in Singapore will benefit from the country's close proximity to its customers in Asia.

Meanwhile, the government will continue to dedicate resources to support the aerospace sector.

Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director of Economic Development Board, said: "The government is committed to providing resources and infrastructure, to continue supporting the growth of this industry. For example, the 1,000 hectare expansion of Changi will include dedicated space for air frame MRO, which will in turn lead to downstream MRO activities. In addition, we are also accelerating plans for the development of Seletar Aerospace Park to ensure we will have continued space and resources for the growth of this sector."

Industry players will also be working closely with schools to equip students with the necessary skills for the sector. 

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