SINGAPORE: Jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney officially opened its first Singapore manufacturing facility on Monday (Feb 15).
Located at Seletar Aerospace Park, it is the only facility outside of the US to manufacture components for the company's latest engine, the PurePower engine.
Pratt & Whitney said the new engine, which is already being used by German airline Lufthansa, could cut carbon emissions by half compared to traditional engines.
A total ofUS$110 million (S$154 million) has been spent on the facility and the adjacent repair centre.
It will also create more than 120 jobs for Singaporeans, including managerial, skilled manufacturing craftsmen and engineering roles, according to Guest-of-honour and Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran.
Mr Iswaran said the facility will help strengthen the country's capabilities in advanced aero-component manufacturing.
"The work carried out here typifies the type of advanced manufacturing investment we want to grow as key pillars of the Singapore economy, to ensure that we can continue to stay relevant and seize opportunities arising from disruptive technologies and new business models," he said.
The facility began operations in the fourth quarter of 2015. It adds to the company's seven existing repair and maintenance facilities in Singapore, the first of which was built in 1983.
Pratt & Whitney said three decades of being in Singapore was what made the Republic a “natural location” for such a “critical" factory.
Mr Joe Sylvestro, vice president of Aftermarket Operations at Pratt & Whitney, said the facility will bring long-term benefits to the country.
He elaborated: "The people that are coming in, they'll also learn more about the technology. They will operate the equipment. The engineers that will be here will learn about the technology. And that becomes resonant in the state of Singapore, in the country of Singapore, which then will benefit the people in terms of their skills, but then also other companies because we will use local suppliers. It's a multiplier effect."
Singapore is currently home to more than 2,000 of the company's employees who work on engine overhaul, component repairs and technical services.