Officials at Parker Aerospace, an operating segment of Parker Hannifin Corp.,and GE Aviation announce that they have reached an agreement to form a joint venture, Advanced Atomization Technologies LLC, to enhance the development and manufacture of commercial aircraft engine fuel nozzles.
The 50-50 joint venture — created specifically to produce fuel nozzles for current and future GE Aviation commercial engine platforms (including aerospace and aero-derivative engines) — will be located in the Parker Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division facility in Clyde, NY. The joint venture will employ approximately 300 skilled assemblers, technicians, engineers, and other professionals in the production of advanced fuel nozzles and related products for GE Aviation. No financial information on the joint venture has been disclosed at this time.
"GE and Parker Aerospace are both world-class aviation businesses and this joint venture will allow us to further evolve our existing relationship and offer best-in-class design, manufacturing, and program management for these critical components," says Mike Sims, general manager, GE Aviation Combustor .
Continuing its long history in the Clyde community, the facility will be a center of excellence in lean manufacturing and fuel-nozzle development. Leanne Collazzo, current site leader of the Parker facility, has been named the general manager for the new Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC.
"Parker is excited to enter into a joint venture with GE Aviation to ensure the future of the Clyde facility through growth and increased synergy with our customer," says Manuel Bajaksouzian, general manager of the Parker Aerospace Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division.
Pairing Parker's fuel nozzle technology and GE's advanced TAPS combustion technology will reduce engine emissions while increasing fuel efficiency; two of the most important elements for enhanced engine performance. Joint development and manufacturing expertise will result in superior fuel nozzles in future products.
GE Aviation is currently developing a new family of engines for the aerospace industry including LEAP (in partnership with Snecma), GE9X and Passport. These important new programs are expected to fuel growth for the joint venture and generate strong production orders and a robust services business.
Advanced Atomization Technologies will represent the latest in a line of strategic GE Aviation joint ventures that includes CFM International and Snecma, plus partnerships with Aircelle, BAE, Safran, SKF and NCK.