LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC – Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) will invest more than $360 million in research and development in the Montreal area over the next three years following the Quebec government’s decision to provide the company with reimbursable support for R&D. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company.
Raymond Bachand (Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Minister of Tourism) announced that Investissement Québec will invest $125 million over the same period of time to support P&WC’s R&D activities in Longueuil, Quebec. The investment is repayable from royalties on sales.
"This is terrific news for the company as it will help us strengthen our technology base," said John Saabas, executive vice president of P&WC. "This reimbursable support will help maintain our R&D activities in the Montreal region and will contribute to Quebec’s economy."
P&WC's $360 million R&D investment will be aimed at further improving engine technology required to surpass the world’s most stringent environmental standards, while delivering outstanding performance, durability and operating economics.
P&WC is the No. 1 R&D investor in Canada’s aerospace sector. "Our sustained investments in R&D have allowed us to bring more than 65 new engines to market over the past 15 years, a significant accomplishment," added Saabas.
P&WC’s primary research and development centres are located in Longueuil and Mississauga, Ont., which employ approximately 1,500 skilled engineers. P&WC is also a leader in collaborating on R&D programs with 20 Canadian universities, research centres and other organizations. With its university partners, P&WC is working on over 300 research projects with 140 professors and researchers to develop new engine technologies for the next generation of environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient aircraft.
The company will reduce its global workforce by 250 employees and also close its facility on Auvergne Street in Longueuil, Quebec, by the end of 2010.
R & D to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines; currently recruiting more than 200 engineers.
The Mirabel Aerospace Centre will support flight testing for the complete range of Pratt & Whitney engines, including turboprops and turbofans up to 90,000 pounds of thrust.
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These investments will lead to the creation of 90 new permanent jobs and maintain 166 existing jobs in Quebec.