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Avio joins the PW1100G-JM engine program


DISCLAIMER: Press releases in the present section refer to the period before the purchase by Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. (General Electric Group) of the Company business unit relative to the aeronautical activities of Avio S.p.A., which took place on 1 August 2013, following the stipulation on 21 December 2012 of the contract of sale with regard to this Company business unit. Starting from this date, all activities regarding the design, development and manufacture of accessory drive trains and power transmissions, low-pressure turbines, combustors, afterburners, subsystems and MRO and CRO activities for civil and military aeronautical engines were transferred to Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A. and became an integral part of the business of GE Aviation.

Rivalta di Torino (Italy), 4th April 2012 – Avio, Italy's aero-engine manufacturer, and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. Company and leader in the design and manufacture of aircraft engines, today announced the signature of a long-term agreement for Avio to produce the P&W designed fan drive gear system for the Pure Power® PW1100G-JM engine. Under the agreement, Avio will also design the accessory gearbox and the oil tank for the engine and produce those components as well.

The Pure Power engine represents a breakthrough in engine efficiency, achieved through the groundbreaking Geared TurbofanTM architecture. Pratt & Whitney and Avio have worked together for two decades on the development of the Fan Drive Gear System, a core module of the Pure Power engine family.

The Pure Power engine will power Airbus’ A320neo aircraft, as well as the Bombardier* CSeries* - where Avio and Pratt & Whitney signed an agreement in 2010 - ,the Mitsubishi Regional Jet – and the Irkut MC-21 narrowbody jet.

To date, the Pure Power engine has completed more than 2,000 hours of full engine testing, including nearly 250 flight hours on Pratt & Whitney’s B747 flight test aircraft.

Avio and Pratt & Whitney will share the production of the Fan Drive Gear System Avio will also have the responsibility to design the accessory gearbox and oil tank, sharing the manufacturing with Pratt & Whitney. Through this agreement, Pratt & Whitney and Avio will work together to ensure flawless execution on all industrial and supply chain deliverables.

The total value of the contract could reach a value of over €500 million. The first modules are scheduled to be delivered in June 2012 to support the first engine run of the PW1100G-JM engine, scheduled for 4Q 2012.

Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio, said: “We are very excited to be participating in this innovative programme. The PW1100G-JM engine is setting a new standard in the industry for efficiency and sustainability. We have a longstanding partnership with Pratt & Whitney – we started to study the transmission concept about 20 years ago and we worked together since 2005 on P&W Geared Turbofan Demonstrator project to provide critical emission reduction technologies, and in the major PurePower engine projects. Our relationship will be enhanced by this long-term agreement."


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Avio is an international group, leader in the aerospace sector, headquartered in Turin (Italy). Founded in 1908, it is present on four continents with commercial offices and 12 industrial sites. It has 5,200 employees, of which approximately 4,400 work in Italy. The Group operates in following business areas: Jet engine modules; Space; MRO and Services; Aeroderivative Gas Turbines for Marine and Industrial use; Control and Automation Systems, and Electrical Systems. It is active in the field of technological R&D through a network of laboratories located on Italian University campuses, and collaborates with 24 Italian and international universities and research centres.