GE partners with Polish research institute on engine development


GE is to back the Engineering Design Center in Poland, one of the largest centers for turbine technology development in Europe for another 15 years.

The Engineering Design Center (EDC) in Warsaw houses more than 1,300 engineers, with around 600 in the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation working on R&D for aviation programs, as well as Gas Power and Renewable Energy.

Paweł Stężycki, PhD Eng, director of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation said, “Our relationship with GE dates back two decades and is a public-private partnership that works well in a demanding market.

“The EDC combines the organizational culture of one of the largest companies in the engineering industry with the best laboratory and scientific facilities. This combination allows the acquisition and use of practical engineering knowledge on the large, international projects.”

Marian Lubieniecki, president of the management board of General Electric Company Polska and EDC Site Leader said, “The signing of the contract between GE and the Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation is a proof of how much GE appreciates the skills of Polish engineers and cooperation with the Polish scientific circles”

EDC engineers co-developed the latest GE engine Catalyst, which is the first GE engine designed entirely outside the USA. They also designed the wing trailing edge part for the Airbus A350XWB-1000.

The team also helped design and implement a turbine for production for the GEnx, one of the world’s largest aircraft engines. The GEnx is used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and is the sole propulsion of the four-engine Boeing 747-8 aircraft.

“At EDC, we have 10 research laboratories that enable our engineers to design and test innovative solutions. Many of the devices that EDC teams design and support after production are used in the industrial plants in Poland including world-class aircraft engines designed in Warsaw that are used by LOT Polish Airlines,” added Lubieniecki.

Gary Mercer, engineering vice president of GE Aviation said, “We are extremely proud of the EDC team and our successful partnership with the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation. They design some of the most advanced products and services for GE’s global customers.”



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