Pratt & Whitney and KMWE Group Sign Long Term Agreement for F135 Nozzle
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, has awarded KMWE Group a new contract to manufacture F135 engine Nozzle fabrications. The F135 engine is the propulsion system for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
Located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, engine components specialist DutchAero, part of the KMWE Group, has received a 10-year long term procurement agreement for engine Nozzle fabrications. DutchAero has been specialising in exhaust nozzles since 1976 and this agreement solidly positions KMWE Group to become a key F135 Nozzle partner and signals a strengthened relationship between Pratt & Whitney and KMWE Group.
“Following a competitive bidding process, Pratt & Whitney identified DutchAero as a best-value supplier for the nozzle fabrication for the F135 engine”, said O Sung Kwon, Executive Director, Business Development and International Programs, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. “We are delighted to be working with the DutchAero team to enhance and strengthen our global supply chain, reduce costs and deliver world-class engines to our customers.”
“For more than 40 years we have been manufacturing the complex fabrications for the Nozzle of the F16 Fighting Falcon. We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Pratt & Whitney, taking DutchAero’s unique aero-engine capabilities into the next era with this extended F135 contract”, said Edward Voncken, CEO of KMWE Group. “This long-term arrangement for exhaust Nozzle components for the F135 confirms the excellent, world-class competences we have in DutchAero and ensures growth of local high-skilled jobs. This contract complements our existing agreement with Pratt & Whitney for complex machined parts, signed in January 2016.”
As one of the original nine partner nations for the F-35, the Netherlands is a key contributor to the development, production, and sustainment of the F-35 program. The current program of record for the Netherlands is for the procurement of at least 37 F-35A aircraft.
About KMWE Group
KMWE Group is a supplier and partner to the High Tech Equipment Industry and has been a dedicated supplier to the aerospace industry for over 60 years. The Group employs over 550 highly skilled staff in its facilities worldwide, with its Head Office in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Core aerospace capabilities include manufacturing of aero-engine and airframe machined parts and complex fabrications. KMWE Group has the next generation of fully automated production cells for complex machining and also offers a one-stop-shop capability for complex sheet metal fabrications with an extensive capability in thermal spray coatings, supported by a fully equipped metallurgical laboratory and experience in additive manufacturing. Since February 2014 DutchAero has been part of the KMWE Group.
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About Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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