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  • Joe Breitfeller

Pratt & Whitney to Establish a Singapore Technology Accelerator in Partnership With Singapore EDB

Pratt & Whitney will establish a Singapore Technology Accelerator in collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The developed technologies will be deployed across Pratt & Whitney’s global MRO footprint.


Engineers at Pratt & Whitney’s Singapore engine center have been developing a robot that will assist technicians on shop floors, freeing time to focus on more substantive work – Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Tuesday (September 20, 2022), Pratt & Whitney announced that they will establish a Singapore technology accelerator in partnership with the Singapore Economic and Development Board (EDB). The technologies developed in Singapore will then be applied across Pratt & Whitney’s global MRO network. The facility will help accelerate the development and deployment of technology across Pratt & Whitney’s four Singapore-based MROs over the next five years. The projects, expected to be valued at least S$31 million (US $22 million), will focus on automation, advanced inspection, connected factory and digital twin, which will enhance connectivity and intelligence across Pratt & Whitney’s MRO operations.

The accelerator facility will be located at the Seletar Aerospace Park in the heart of Singapore’s aerospace industry ecosystem and is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022. The company expects to add 16 local full-time positions.


In Tuesday’s announcment, Pratt & Whitney’s Director – Aftermarket Global Technologies and CORE, Gilbert Sim, said,


“We are proud to work together with the Singapore Economic Development Board to develop innovative solutions for Pratt & Whitney’s MRO operations. The technology accelerator signals just how relevant and important a role technology has played, and continues to play, in the aerospace industry. Pratt & Whitney has been innovating for nearly a century, and we are looking forward to this collaboration with the Singapore aerospace ecosystem towards Industry 4.0 transformation. The push for digitalization is underway across our facilities in Singapore, and the technology accelerator will increase the speed and scalability of these technology projects. The mission of the accelerator nicely aligns with Singapore’s push to digitalize the economy.”


Also commenting on the establishment of the new Singapore technology accelerator, Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President – Aftermarket Global Operations, Kevin Kirkpatrick, said,


“To date, our Asia-Pacific MRO facilities have done a great deal in the way of technology insertion, including developing the first-in-MRO application of 3D printing for aero-engine component details, pioneering robotics in the sector and launching an industrial simulation software pilot that has already resulted in optimized floor space and increased productivity. Our employees continue to test the limits of what is possible.”


Singapore Economic Development Board’s Senior Vice President – Conglomerates, Lim Tse Yong, added,


“We are excited to collaborate with Pratt & Whitney on the Singapore Technology Accelerator that will develop MRO technologies to be deployed across its global network. Pratt & Whitney’s investment is testament to Singapore’s position as a leading aerospace hub and strong ecosystem for innovation. We will continue to partner with the aerospace industry to enable the recovery in air travel and its long-term growth.”


A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine.



Source: Pratt & Whitney