Aircraft and helicopter engine maker, Pratt & Whitney, is setting set up a state-of-the-art India Engineering Centre (IEC) in Bengaluru, which will start operations in 2023.
The new centre will focus on providing contract engineering services. The IEC is expected to employ 500 engineers and professionals when fully staffed.
“Pratt & Whitney’s India Engineering Centre will be a first-of-its-kind investment for our company in India,” said Geoff Hunt, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney.
“The IEC will help Pratt & Whitney leverage the engineering skills our future Indian workforce will deliver, as the company continues to advance the world’s-only fielded geared turbofan and develop sustainable propulsion for the next generation of propulsion.”
As part of Pratt & Whitney’s integrated global engineering operations, the IEC will work closely with centres in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and Poland. The IEC has begun recruiting its first tranche of engineers and professionals.
“The IEC will allow us to synergise with existing Pratt & Whitney Operations’ capabilities in India,” said Paul Weedon, executive director, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada.
The centre will be co-located in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, with the existing Pratt & Whitney India Capability Centre (ICC), which is a global supply chain support and operations centre, established in 2022 as part of United Technologies Corporation India Pvt Ltd (UTCIPL), employing nearly 200 professionals.
“Pratt & Whitney’s growth in the country represents our strong ties and deep respect for the skills India offers, skills needed for the future of aviation,” said Ashmita Sethi, managing director of UTCIPL.
DJ Dalal and Rema Ravindran have been named as Pratt and Whitney’s North American project director and general manager of the IEC, respectively.
The company said that it has made significant investments in its state-of-the-art India Customer Training Centre in Hyderabad, the R&D collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru as well as the ICC in Bengaluru.