GE Aviation opens global R&D centre in Bromont, Quebec
Centre to develop advanced robotic processes, software applications and intellectual property to support advanced manufacturing for aerospace industry.
GE Aviation announced the opening a new Global Robotics, Automation and Instrumentation R&D Centre in Bromont, Quebec. One of the most productive of the company’s global sites, GE Aviation Bromont manufactures aircraft engine components, including the CFM56 engines for the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 aircraft, and GEnx engines for the Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8.
The $61.4 million investment will create up to 60 skilled jobs and includes $8 million from Investissement Quebec (IQ) and the Ministère des Finances et de l’Économie du Québec (MFEQ).
“Advanced manufacturing — integrating hardware with software – is changing both the products we make and how we make and service them; it’s the next industrial revolution,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE. “Today’s opening is about increasing our speed of innovation, and refocusing the way products are designed, manufactured and serviced for our customers in Canada and for global markets.”
GE Aviation and its joint venture company, CFM International, have more than 1,000 engines in service and on order with Canadian airlines. In addition to manufacturing engine components in Bromont, Quebec, GE Aviation manufactures complex engine hardware in Orillia, Ontario, and has an engine testing and research and development centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.