Eaton Secures AC Motorpump Contracts with Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines; New Business to Boost Growth in Asia

SHANGHAI …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced that Sichuan Airlines and China Southern Airlines have awarded contracts to the company’s Aerospace Group, underscoring Eaton’s continuing growth in the Asia-Pacific region and its global leadership in aircraft component quality and reliability. The value of the contracts has not been disclosed.

Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd. selected Eaton to supply engine-driven pumps and AC motorpumps for its new fleet of 32 Airbus 320 passenger jets. The company will also supply engine-driven pumps and AC motorpumps for China Southern Airlines’ new fleet of 20 Airbus 320 passenger jets.

Engine-driven pumps and AC motorpumps are key components in an aircraft’s hydraulic power system. Pumps for the A320 series aircraft will be manufactured by the Aerospace Group’s Hydraulic Systems Division in Bedhampton, United Kingdom.

“These contracts showcase Eaton’s expanding capabilities as well as the increased focus on quality that is driving growth in the Asia-Pacific market and around the world,” said Joe-Tao Zhou, president – Asia Pacific, Eaton’s Aerospace Group. “We are excited to be working with these airlines and are prepared to provide the support they need to achieve their goals now and well into the future.”

As Asia’s largest airline, China Southern Airlines is based at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou and operates 14 branches throughout China and 53 international offices in major metropolitan markets. Sichuan Airlines is a regional airline based at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Shuanxi Plain focusing mainly on domestic flight services.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide. In July, Eaton announced a joint venture agreement with Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. to support China’s COMAC C919 Aircraft Platform.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit