Mitsui's strategic alliance with GE

Participation in the aircraft engine development business

Oct. 29, 2012

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) agreed to become a key strategic partner in the development of a new engine ("GE9X") by GE Aviation (an operating unit of GE) for the next generation of wide-body aircraft. This agreement represents the first partnership for GE9X.

The GE9X engine will be the most advanced model of the GE90 family, which powers the Boeing 777 aircraft, and has garnered orders for more than 1,500 engines. The GE9X will incorporate advanced technology, such as ceramic matrix composites or CMCs being developed by GE Aviation, and will provide a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with current GE90 engines in service.

GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft with a global service network to support these offerings.

In April 2011, Mitsui entered into an operating lease business for the aircraft engines and established Willis Mitsui Engine Support (WMES) in Dublin, Ireland, together with Willis Lease Finance Corp., which is one of the largest and oldest engine leasing companies in the U.S.
Through this engine development business, Mitsui surely procures the engines for leasing from GE Aviation and expands the engine leasing business. In addition, GE Aviation and Mitsui are closely discussing Mitsui's consultancy services to support GE Aviation's Business in Japan, which will enhance the relationship with GE in the aviation business and expand Mitsui's aviation business.

GE90 Engine (Picture provided by GE) GE90 Engine (Picture provided by GE)

Summary of GE

Name of company General Electric Company
Head Office Fairfield Connecticut, U.S.
Establishment 1878
CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman of the Board and CEO
Number of employee 301,000 (as of December 2011, consolidated basis)
Capital USD702 million
Business Field Sales, finance and after services for aircraft engine, power plant, medical equipment, transport equipment

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