Mitsubishi Factory Investment Due To Demand For PW1100G-JM Engine
Rising demand for the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM is the key reason for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) setting up an advanced factory at Nagasaki to exclusively build the combustor for the engine, which is used on the Airbus A320neo family.
When peak production is reached after 2021, output of the combustor will be 1.5 times as great as MHI is achieving at its main aero-engine plant at Komaki, a company representative said.
MHI said in August it would begin building the factory in October, aiming at production beginning in 2020. The factory will make only PW1100G-JM combustors, the spokesperson said; other engine manufacturing will stay at Komaki.
Currently, Asia has the most in-service PW1100G-JM. Three out of the top five countries with most in-service A320neos are from the region.