BEIJING, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and AVIC Electromechanical Systems Company Limited (AVIC EM) have finalized plans to co-develop and manufacture the electric power system for the new Commercial Aviation Corporation of China (COMAC) C919 jetliner. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE : UTX ), and AVIC EM is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The two companies announced a framework agreement for the joint venture at the Zhuhai Air Show in November, 2010. This agreement finalizes the commitment to form a new company that will develop and manufacture the C919's electrical power system, including generation and distribution, and will serve as a tier one supplier to COMAC on that program. This joint venture will be located in Xi'an and plans are in place to begin facility development in June, 2011.
"We are very confident this joint venture will be a great success and provide world-class electric system products for China's C919 airliner and other future programs," said Andreas Schell, president, Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems."
AVIC EM designs and produces a wide range of aerospace airborne systems and products for both the Chinese and international markets.
"AVIC Electromechanical Systems Company Limited and Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation have signed the joint venture contract for the electric power system of C919 large passenger aircraft program, marking substantial progress for both parties in their cooperation," said AVIC EM President Mr. Wang Jian. "It is highly hoped that the two parties will work hard and move forward together to complete the formation of the JV and put it into operation as soon as possible, and contribute to the flight of C919 into the blue sky at the earliest possible date."
Hamilton Sundstrand began its presence in the Chinese aviation market in 1985 with the development of the Y7-200A aircraft. Today, Hamilton Sundstrand is a key systems supplier on COMAC's 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet, supplying the APS2600 Auxiliary Power Unit; the ram air turbine; the high-lift actuation system, which includes flap and slat actuators, drive train, power drive units and controllers; fire protection systems; and the electrical power generation, primary distribution and emergency power system.
In early 2010, COMAC selected Hamilton Sundstrand for the 150-seat class C919's electric system together with AVIC EM, pilot controls and fire and overheat protection system. The combined value of these awards is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 billion in sales over the program's life.
With 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It is also a major supplier for international space programs.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning potential production and sale of Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace products and services. Important uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated include issues that may arise regarding the formation of the joint venture entity; the severity and duration of global recessionary conditions; the impact of reduced levels of economic activity on air travel; declines in end market demand in the aerospace industry; financial difficulties of commercial airlines, including limited availability of credit; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
SOURCE Hamilton Sundstrand