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China and Ukraine work on industrial park for aircraft engines

Staff Writer | September 21, 2017
China is working with Ukraine on an industrial park to build aircraft engines, a joint venture expected to extensively boost China's research, development and production capabilities in that area, according to project insiders.
Chongqing Skyrizon
Cooperation   Chongqing Skyrizon Aero-Propulsion Industrial Park
Chongqing Skyrizon Aero-Propulsion Industrial Park, which broke ground in late 2015, will cover 5 square kilometers in the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, and involves an investment of 20 billion yuan ($3.04 billion).

The industrial park's investors are Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment Co, the only private aeronautical engine company in China, and Ukraine's Motor Sich Joint Stock Co, one of the world's largest aircraft engine manufacturers.

In the park's initial stage, they will jointly produce Ukrainian-designed engines there.

Later on, the companies will use the park to jointly develop and manufacture new engines such as turboshaft, turboprop and turbofan models, said Wang Guangqiu, executive vice-president of the Skyrizon Innovation Institute, Skyrizon's research wing.

The first engine-testing equipment in the park has been installed and is ready for trial operations.

The first assembly plants have been built, which means the first phase of construction has finished, he told China Daily in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the 17th China Aviation Expo, which opened in Beijing on Tuesday.