The German government has awarded GE Aviation and GE’s Global Research Center with an aviation research grant valued at more than $1 million to develop an advanced “cold-spray” manufacturing technology for jet engine components. Development begins this year at GE’s Global Research Center Europe in Munich working with Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and leading German technology companies, and continues from 2009 through 2011. GE’s objective is to begin producing engine components with the new technology in 2012 at GE Aviation’s pilot manufacturing site in Regensburg. This research grant, awarded through Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, is the first ever received by GE Aviation and GE Global Research from the German federal government.
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