Eaton Opens New Facility in Shanghai to Manufacture Conveyance Systems

Date: 2016/10/17

SHANGHAI … Power management company Eaton today announced that its joint venture with Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (SAMC), a subsidiary of Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has launched a new facility in Shanghai to manufacture fuel and hydraulic conveyance systems for China’s C919 airliner.

Senior executives, including Mr. Jin Zhuanglong, chairman of COMAC and Craig Arnold, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer, presided at the inauguration ceremony.

”This new facility is an exciting milestone in our joint venture with COMAC and we look forward to working with them to develop comprehensive conveyance system engineering and manufacturing capabilities for the global civil aviation market,” Arnold said.  “We are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the C919 airliner by leveraging our world-class civil aviation technology, manufacturing capabilities, and proven management practices.”

Located at Zhuqiao Town, Pudong New Area of Shanghai, the new plant has a floor area of 16,500 square meters and will start production by the end of 2016. It will have the key production lines for hydraulic, fuel tube and component manufacturing, including aerospace certified welding, chemical processing, heat treatment, non-destructive testing processes.

The joint venture, Eaton SAMC (Shanghai) Aircraft Conveyance System Co., Ltd., focuses on the design, development, manufacturing and support of fuel and hydraulic conveyance systems to support COMAC’s C919 design, development and manufacturing capacity.  Among the joint ventures being formed to support the C919 program, the Eaton-SAMC joint venture, signed in July 2010, was the first for the COMAC enterprise with a foreign company and also the first to be granted a business license in March 2011.

C919, the largest airliner designed and built in China, is a sign of the country’s national strength and a key step toward building its status in the international civil aviation market.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton began operations in China in 1993 through a joint venture in Jining, Shandong Province. Since then, its presence has grown significantly in the region through acquisitions, joint ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries. In China today, Eaton has 28 manufacturing sites and six research and development centers with approximately 15,000 employees.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.