GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric Company, announced the opening of the new systems manufacturing facility in Suzhou. GE Aviation Systems CEO and President Lorraine Bolsinger said at the facility’s opening, "The Suzhou plant will play a key role in our mission to deliver competitive and time-critical civil aerospace programs.”
GE’s facility in Suzhou is located at Suzhou Industrial Park. This new expansion includes 18,600 sq meters (or 200,000 sq ft) and can soon churn out state-of-the-art auto-claved composite parts, mechanical fabrications, structure assembly and civil aircraft actuation systems. Current plans are to increase China labor in this new GE factory to more than 200 employees in 2009. The facility is a strategic focus in support of key customer requirements, including parts for Boeing’s B737, B777 & B787, the Airbus A320, A330 & A340 and China’s emerging ARJ21 regional jet. Future plans include the addition of electronics assembly and test capabilities. The factory brings great potential to GE and further growth over the next several years is expected.