New Columbus Forge Isothermal Press Key to Supporting Pratt & Whitney’s Engine Production Ramp

PARIS, June 17, 2019 – Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus Forge Disks business recently unveiled its new isothermal vacuum forge press, known as the “C5” press, which is expected to significantly increase isothermal forging output. The new press will be used to manufacture turbine disks and compressor rotors for Pratt & Whitney engines and is critical to supporting the company’s ramp in engine production. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Installing the C5 press will significantly increase our ability to meet customers’ needs, which is critical during our historic engine production ramp,” said Kevin Carillon, general manager, Columbus Forge Disks. “The press will provide forgings across many of our engine programs, from commercial to military, as well as general and business aviation.”

In 2017, Pratt & Whitney announced a $386 million investment in its Columbus business. The investment has gone toward the purchase of automated machinery and equipment upgrades like the new press as well as the construction of new buildings on the property. The Columbus business is comprised of Columbus Forge Disks and Columbus Forge Blades, which produce disks, seals, rings, hub and blade forgings for the full range of Pratt & Whitney engines, and the Columbus Engine Center, which maintains Pratt & Whitney GTF™, PW2000, F117 and F100 engines.

Pratt & Whitney is investing more than $2.5 billion in 21st century manufacturing and aftermarket technology to transform our global footprint, to meet the current and future needs of our customers.

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            Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter 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, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC. To receive press releases and other news directly, please sign up here.

            This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future business opportunities. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in levels of demand in the aerospace industry, in levels of air travel, and in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the design, development, production support, performance and realization of the anticipated benefits of advanced technologies; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in United Technologies Corp.’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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