Honeywell International Inc. (HON:US)’s aerospace unit plans to double its number of engineers in China over five years as the nation works to create a globally competitive planemaking industry.
The partsmaker will boost its workforce by recruiting locally and moving some experienced personnel to the country, Briand Greer, its Asia-Pacific aerospace president, said today in a Zhuhai airshow interview. The company currently has about 350 engineers in China among a local workforce of about 1,200.
The new engineers will help with programs that Honeywell is working on with Chinese aerospace companies, including Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, the nation’s challenger to Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS. Morris Township, New Jersey-based Honeywell is working on four systems for Comac’s planned C919 aircraft including flight controls and auxiliary power units.
The company is also talking with Aviation Industry Corp. of China, the nation’s biggest aerospace company, about jointly developing a business-jet engine, Greer said.
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