Called the India Engineering Centre (IEC), it will be co-located in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, with the manufacturer's existing India Capability Center (ICC).
American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, in mid July 2022, announced the establishment of the India Engineering Centre (IEC) in Bengaluru, India which is slated to be operationally-ready in January 2023. The centre will be co-located in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, with the manufacturer's existing India Capability Centre (ICC) which was established in 2022.
According to its statement, the new centre will focus on providing contract engineering services, and is expected to employ 500 engineers and professionals when fully staffed. Honouring this commitment will see the IEC have a headcount that is 300 more than the ICC, which stands at 200.
At the moment, as part of Pratt & Whitney’s integrated global engineering operations, the IEC is working work closely with other centres in United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Poland. It was also noted that the IEC has begun recruiting its first tranche of engineers and professionals.
"Pratt & Whitney’s India Engineering Centre (IEC) 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 Pratt & Whitney continues to advance the world’s only fielded geared turbofan and develop sustainable propulsion for the next generation of propulsion."
Sharing his sentiments, Paul Weedon, Executive Director, Engineering, Pratt & Whitney Canada added that the IEC will allow the Canada office to "synergise" with existing Pratt & Whitney Operations’ capabilities in India.
On a separate note, the manufacturer's investment in India has been a common trend. Previously, the organisation, other than ICC, has established an India Customer Training Centre in Hyderabad and an R&D facility, which was done in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
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