New facilities are the key first step of larger Raytheon Technologies investment and growth strategy in India
Plan is to house more than 5,000 Collins and Raytheon Technologies employees, with additional sites set to open early 2023
As part of a significant investment to expand its engineering, digital technology, and manufacturing operations in India, Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., has officially inaugurated its new Global Engineering and Technology Center (GETC) and Collins India Operations Center in Bengaluru. The new sites are part of a long-term growth strategy for Raytheon Technologies in India and globally to maximize collaboration and innovation providing cutting edge solutions for customers and provide additional STEM-based opportunities in the country.
“We’ve been committed to the aerospace industry in India for 25 years now, directly advancing key innovations, R&D and STEM opportunities in the local market for the long term,” said Steve Timm, president of Collins Aerospace, who officially inaugurated the new sites at grand opening events this week. “At Collins, we are on course for planned investments of over $200 million in engineering and manufacturing capabilities and hiring an additional 2,000 highly skilled employees in the Indian aerospace and defense sector over the next 5 years. India is strategic to the global growth and investment strategy of all Raytheon Technologies’ businesses, and the advanced infrastructure and talent pool will help drive the country’s contributions as a global leader in aerospace and defense.”
Approximately 3,000 engineers from three other Collins Aerospace locations in Bengaluru, as well as about 600 personnel from other Raytheon Technologies’ group of companies will be moving into the 413,000 square-foot GETC at Northgate Tech Park to facilitate collaboration across the company’s businesses, with plans to expand its footprint on the 3-acre land next year with new capabilities. Pratt & Whitney’s United Technologies Corporation India Pvt Ltd. (UTCIPL) contract engineering services is also planned to open in early 2023 in the same location.
“The opening of these new facilities in Bengaluru shows our continued commitment in India, expanding our capabilities and accelerating transformative technologies for a safer, more connected and sustainable world,” said Dr. Mauro Atalla, senior vice president, Engineering & Technology for Collins Aerospace. “The GETC India organization supports Collins’ six strategic business units and is crucial to the continued success of our global businesses.”
Kevin Myers, vice president and head of Enterprise Operations at Collins Aerospace said “The new Collins India Operations Center located at KIADB Aerospace Park spans 26 acres across the Hitech Defense and Aerospace Park and will help Collins bring operational synergy and economies of scale, as well as support future growth opportunities and customer requirements. We will host some 1,700 employees at the new site once it is fully completed in 2026.”
Both new Collins sites have been designed to the latest standards for sustainable construction; GETC has been certified with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Platinum Rating with solar power capabilities, zero water discharge facilities and other features. The Collins India Operations Center is Industry 4.0 compliant, and its Building Management System (BMS) is a connected ecosystem which helps monitor and control air, water, temperature, and humidity at critical process points to help maintain product quality with quick issue resolution. The Collins India Operations Center has also received USGBC Silver and IGBC Gold building certification, and the campus is an energy efficient site with best practices followed in line with BEE-India & Global Best Management Practices.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Industries Minister Dr.Murugesh R Nirani, Industries Department Commissioner Gunjan Krishna also attended the event.
Commenting on how the government is on an aggressive path to develop India as a major aerospace hub and global exporter, Dr.C.N.Ashwath Narayan, Minister for IT & BT, Science & Technology, Higher Education, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, Government of Karnataka said, “As one of the largest and fastest growing aviation markets in the world, India needs to constantly strategize and adapt to changing environments, as well as develop local programs to drive this growth such as our Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS or UDAN) to bring flying to the masses at subsidized fares. The setting up of the global tech centre is a major sign of confidence that Karnataka has what it takes to support the company’s global expansion plans. The Ministry will support and facilitate Collins’ growth strategies in Karnataka moving forward and strengthen the company’s longstanding relationship with the state.”