In anticipation of a significant increase in engine production, Pratt & Whitney has signed nearly 200 long-term agreements involving a projected spend of more than US$18bn with key product suppliers from around the world. These agreements will help the company support increased production levels as it prepares for an expected doubling inengine production by the end of the decade. “In the 21st century community of global manufacturing, the aerospace industry views job creation and economic success from the holistic perspective of being one ‘ecosystem’ – as our workload increases during our ramp in production, it increases for our suppliers as well. In turn, this allows our suppliers to invest in facilities and talent,” said Sergio Loureiro, vice president, Global Supply Chain, Pratt & Whitney. “We team with our suppliers and partners to make those parts for which they are best equipped to produce, while we focus on making our highly advanced proprietary components in-house. Our approach to sourcing parts is balanced and includes analysis of numerous elements of evaluation, including manufacturing capability and special-processes expertise, while considering the overall skill base at each supplier / partner.” These long-term agreements are with trusted suppliers committed to understanding and meeting Pratt & Whitney’s rigorous quality, cost and delivery requirements, and ethical standards. The suppliers will provide key parts and components for Pratt & Whitney’s large engine business, including the PurePower PW1000G family of engines, the F135 military engine, and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s engines, such as the PurePower PW800, to assure delivery to customers over the life of the engine programs.