Pratt & Whitney has inked a collaboration agreement with Singapore’s Economic Development Board for the establishment of a technology accelerator in the city state.

The facility, which will be located at the Seletar Aerospace Park, will “help to accelerate the development and deployment” of MRO technology projects across a five-year period. It will begin operations at the end of the year.

The projects under the accelerator will focus on areas like automation, advanced inspection, connected factory as well as digital twinning, and is expected to be worth at least S$31 million ($22 million).

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Source: Pratt & Whitney

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.

P&W director for aftermarket global operations technology Gilbert Sim says the accelerator “signals just how relevant and important a role technology has played, and continues to play, in the aerospace industry”.

He adds: The push for digitalisation 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 digitalise the economy.”

Says Lim Tse Yong, senior vice president for conglomerates at the Economic Development Board: “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.”

The enginemaker also states that it is in discussions with another Singapore government agency – the Agency for Science, Technology and Research – on technology innovation in the aerospace sector.