To support its growing engine production levels, GE Aviation recently announced two joint ventures with Woodward Inc. and Praxair, Inc.
On January 19, Praxair Surface Technologies and GE Aviation announced the signing of a definitive agreement to form a joint venture for the development, support and application of specialized coatings tailored to current and future GE and CFM International engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines. When created, the JV company will operate a coatings plant in the Southeast United States, which will supplement services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis facility and other global operations. Additionally, Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded. Praxair will be the majority owner of the JV, which is expected to begin operations during the second quarter of 2016 once regulatory approval is obtained. Praxair Surface Technologies offers a comprehensive array of high-performance coatings and technologies to the aviation, energy and other industries.
On January 4, Woodward and GE Aviation formally launched a strategic 50/50 joint venture for fuel systems for GE’s large commercial aircraft engine lines. The new joint venture will design, develop, source, supply and service the fuel system, including components from the fuel inlet up to the fuel nozzle for the GE90, GEnx, GE9X and all future large commercial engines developed by GE Aviation. Woodward will be the preferred supplier to the joint venture. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Woodward is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and energy markets.
The joint ventures with Woodward and Praxair align with GE’s strategy to ensure a stable supply chain to manage production volume growth. Among the other notable joint ventures are partnerships with Aircelle, BAE/Sagem, NCK, Parker Hannifin, Safran, SKF and Turbocoating SPA
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