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2019-01-01

Aerospace Redefined

People can sometimes point to an event in their professional lives that stands apart from all others. It’s a moment in time that forces them to stop and say, “Wow! This is big.” Today is that moment for me.
 
I have been with Rockwell Collins for more than 30 years and am proud to have been its CEO for the last five. As of today, Rockwell Collins is part of United Technologies Corporation. We have officially merged with UTC Aerospace Systems to create a new industry leader.

Collins Aerospace
I’m convinced that Collins Aerospace is a very special organisation that will redefine the aerospace industry. That’s a bold statement, so let me explain.
 
 Global competition in the aerospace industry is growing in intensity. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and airlines are demanding—with an intensity that I've never seen before—increasing speed, agility and value from their suppliers. This expectation is changing the way our industry works. Aerospace suppliers and even OEMs are merging and partnering to deliver sophisticated solutions with greater scale and scope.
 
At Collins Aerospace, we want to lead the way in delivering on these expectations for speed, agility and value, so we’re redefining the aerospace industry by:
 
Combining the Strengths of Two of Aerospace’s Leading Innovators
Solutions to some of the most complex challenges require a certain intellectual critical mass. And the ability to deliver disruptive innovation depends on having the financial means to invest considerable resources in research and development. Collins Aerospace is now one of the largest aerospace industry suppliers in the world with $23 billion* in net sales, $3.1 billion** invested annually in R&D and more than 70,000 employees in nearly 300 sites globally. Between the two founding companies, Collins Aerospace has more than 165 years of industry experience.
 
Delivering Advanced Products and Services Portfolio
Collins Aerospace enables high-integrity solutions across commercial, business, and defence spheres. Consider the future of the intelligent aviation and defence ecosystem. Few companies touch more components of this ecosystem—or have more opportunities to architect intelligent, interconnected systems that design-in performance and design-out cost—than Collins Aerospace. Likewise, a new aviation data-driven business model will soon enable airlines to access their data that’s delivered over our high-assurance global networks. For the first time, our customers will be able to easily manipulate this data for operational and market advantage. And whether it’s airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; blended live and virtual training; or a ground-air network tailorable to mission needs, Collins Aerospace is committed to delivering strategic advantage in the battlespace of the future.
 
Bringing Together Top Talent to Solve the World’s Most Complex Challenges
In my experience, nothing excites an engineer like the words “complex challenge.” This is what engineers live for. And this is the opportunity that Collins Aerospace brings our 16,000-member engineering workforce every day. We are leveraging the deep expertise of talented people who can now cross-collaborate to deliver innovation throughout a growing and dynamic industry. In the process, we are enabling brilliant minds to reach the peak of their careers that make a difference like few others.
 
I am convinced that the legacy of innovation forged by the hands of industry giants like Thomas Hamilton, David Sundstrand, Benjamin Goodrich, and Arthur Collins is the perfect DNA for Collins Aerospace.
 
 Today, we begin an exciting journey toward what I believe will be a global success story. I cannot wait to see what is just over the horizon.
 
 Watch us redefine aerospace!*2017 Pro Forma
**2017 Pro Forma; customer and company funded
 
Building Legacy
Collins Aerospace builds on the legacy of industry-leading innovation at UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins.
 
Formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012 when United Technologies acquired Goodrich and combined it with the company’s existing Hamilton Sundstrand division, UTC Aerospace Systems built a heritage that included many of the iconic moments in aerospace and defence history. From the propeller that powered Amelia Earhart’s nonstop flight across the Atlantic to the spacesuits worn by America’s first astronauts during the Mercury programme, the company’s solutions helped shape the industry. 
 
Founded as a radio company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1933, Rockwell Collins pioneered technological innovation, including: helping Rear Admiral Richard Byrd establish communications at the South Pole in 1933; providing the communications equipment used for every American astronaut traveling through space; and opening the door to modern-day GPS by receiving a signal from the world’s first GPS satellite. 
 
Collins Aerospace combines the talents of both organisations with a commitment to honouring their legacy while creating comprehensive strategies to propel their customers and the industry toward the future, every day.
 
Business Units 
Collins Aerospace includes six strategic business units formed to meet customer needs while representing the best in innovation, technology and expertise. These divisions primarily serve customers across the commercial, regional, business aviation and military sectors.
 
AEROSTRUCTURES: Based in Chula Vista, California, Aerostructures includes – nacelle systems; flight control surfaces; naval composites; and other material and structural components. 
 
AVIONICS: Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Avionics includes – commercial and government avionics systems; cabin management and content systems; information management systems and services; fire protection services; and aircraft sensors. 
 
INTERIORS: Based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Interiors includes – aircraft seating; interior systems; evacuation systems; life rafts; lighting; veneers; potable water systems; and de-icing products.
 
MECHANICAL SYSTEMS: Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mechanical Systems includes – landing systems; actuation; propellers; flight controls; pilot controls; hoist and winch systems; and cargo systems.
 
MISSION SYSTEMS: Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mission Systems includes – solutions for secure military communication, navigation and guidance; missile actuation; simulation, training and range instrumentation; strategic command and control; unmanned aircraft systems; electronic warfare; ejection seats and propulsion; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and space solutions.
  
POWER & CONTROLS:  Based in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Power & Controls includes – electric systems; engine controls; air management; and airframe controls.
 

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