Barnes Aerospace to expand manufacturing capabilities in Singapore

Barnes Aerospace, a business unit of Barnes Group, has announced the continuation of its comprehensive world-wide plan to invest capital in both its US- and non-US-based capabilities in support of several ramping customer programmes. As part of that plan, Barnes Aerospace will invest more than US$20 million to expand its state-of-the-art manufacturing operations in Singapore to increase its capabilities in the Asiamarket. This investment will provide an additional 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space as well as equipment and machinery.

Barnes Aerospace has a long-established presence in Singapore where its operations support the global aerospace industry with the production of engine component parts and repair services. The Company’s current investment will provide Barnes Aerospace Singapore with the latest manufacturing technologies and processes, such as five-axis milling and grinding, electron beam and laser welding, and 3D printing. The additional capabilities will support increased production of critical engine components for today’s ramping engine platforms – those that power the world’s newest single and twin-aisle commercial aircraft.

'Barnes Aerospace’s expanded presence in Singapore pairs with our continued investment in the US, and is strategically important to enhance our global presence and competitiveness within the aerospace industry,' said Michael Beck, senior vice president of Barnes Group and president of Barnes Aerospace. 'Singapore is a major aviation center in Asia, and this additional investment in innovative technology will advance our worldwide manufacturing strategy, leverage our existing technical expertise and resources, and allow us to better serve our global customers.'

'Barnes Aerospace's continued growth in Singapore demonstrates our attractiveness as a prime location for aerospace companies to capture manufacturing growth opportunities in Asia,' said Tan Kong Hwee, executive director of transport engineering for the Singapore Economic Development Board. 'Singapore welcomes this expansion, which will strengthen our position as manufacturing hub for aero engines. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Barnes Group as they grow their aerospace business in Asia.'

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