Rockwell Collins in China joint venture

June 3, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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WUXI, China, June 3 (UPI) -- Rockwell Collins has formed a joint venture in China to develop and manufacture integrated surveillance system products.

The new company -- AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Co. -- was formed with China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

The systems to be produced are for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China's program to build narrow-body commercial aircraft.

"The formalization of our first joint venture with AVIC demonstrates the strongest cooperation yet between our organizations," said Kent Statler executive vice president and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. "The creation of AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Co. is a major milestone in supporting the COMAC C919 program, as well as another step forward in supporting the growing aviation industry in China."

Rockwell Collins said a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with Chinese officials in Wuxi, where the new company will be based.

"The establishment of this joint venture unveils a new chapter of cooperation between Rockwell Collins and AVIC," said Zhang Xinguo, senior vice president of AVIC.

"In the process of becoming a key player in the global aviation supply chain, AVIC is cooperating with well-known international companies to create a highly competitive offering through the combined strengths of these partnerships. "

Aviation Industry Corporation of China is a state-owned company.

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