It’s less than two years since Alain Bellemare became president of Hamilton Sundstrand at the end of 2009 at the height of the aerospace industry’s most recent downturn. So this is his first Paris Air Show at the helm of the U.S.-based group and he’s in a hurry to make his mark with a plan to grow its annual revenues from around $6 billion now to $10 billion by 2015.
After four months on the job as president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, Alain Bellemare intends to guide a company that becomes increasingly global in nature while capitalizing on the technology embodied in its current turbine engines. Former P&WC president Gilles Ouimet has been elevated to chairman, where he remains in a decision-making capacity, exercising high-level strategic direction of the company.
After eight months on the job as president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, Alain Bellemare guides a company that is becoming increasingly global in nature while it capitalizes on the technology embodied in its current turbine engines. Former P&WC president Gilles Ouimet has been elevated to chairman, where he steers the high-level strategic direction of the company.
When NBAA Convention News spoke with Alain Bellemare, Pratt & Whitney Canada president, and John Saabas, senior v-p, earlier this month, Bellemare reported strong orders and prospects across the entire P&WC product line, from the PT6 turboprop and turboshaft through in-production turbofans to the emerging 10,000-pound-thrust family and even power for an exotic suborbital commercial space flight program.
The life of a component supplier is a difficult one in the aerospace and business aviation industries. Being dependent on the airframe manufacturers for business severely limits a company’s ability to expand to new markets. But at least one engine manufacturer is having a good go of it these days.
The big news from Pratt & Whitney Canada at HeliExpo’05 in Anaheim, Calif., was the announcement of the launch of the PW210S turboshaft engine program. Alain Bellemare, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, told HAI Convention News that this year the company’s focus at Heli-Expo will be on current products, not new announcements.