Eaton Expands Global Reach on C919, MA700 Aircraft Programs

Date: 6/19/2017

PARIS AIR SHOW, June 2017 — Eaton's focus on globalization reached a historic milestone this year with the successful first flight of the COMAC C919 on May 5. The first Chinese-built passenger aircraft features hydraulic and fuel conveyance systems made by Eaton-SAMC, a joint venture formed by Eaton and Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 

Eaton regarded the C919 program as an exciting opportunity to extend its established civil aviation technologies and manufacturing capabilities to the fast-growing Asian aerospace market. Formed seven years ago, Eaton-SAMC was COMAC's first joint venture with a foreign company in China and the first to receive a business license in China.

Eaton-SAMC also supplies hydraulic and fuel conveyance systems for COMAC's ARJ21 regional jet program and other aircraft platforms in the Chinese market. The JV moved to its new plant in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai in late 2016 and is working to expand engineering and manufacturing capabilities to meet increasing customer needs. 

Eaton followed the COMAC joint venture with another major Chinese program win — AVIC XAC's MA700 regional turboprop airliner. Eaton has signed letters of intent with AVIC Aircraft Co., Ltd (XAC) to supply fuel tank inerting, fuel distribution and high-pressure ducting systems for the MA700. In addition to designing and manufacturing customized components, Eaton is performing engineering, development and support certification services for all three systems.

Eaton's ability to integrate customized solutions using proven technologies and mature products has helped lower program risks for COMAC and AVIC XAC. Eaton also offers aftermarket solutions that help customers reduce costs, improve aircraft performance and reliability, and increase time on wing.

Eaton's growth strategy in Asia began taking shape in 1993 when the company launched operations in China through a joint venture in Jining, Shandong Province. Since then, Eaton's presence has grown significantly in the region through acquisitions, joint ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries. Eaton now has 27 operations and four R&D centers in China with approximately 10,000 employees. 

For more information about Eaton's business in the Asia-Pacific region, contact Tingyun Zhu (Tina),

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

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Eaton significantly expanded its global aerospace business as a supplier for China's first homegrown large passenger plane, the COMAC C919, which made its debut flight in Shanghai, China on May 5.
Eaton leaders were invited to attend the first flight ceremony. From left: Gary Brewer, senior manufacturing engineer, Fluid and Electrical Distribution Division, Aerospace Group; Neil Yuan, general manager, Eaton-SAMC joint venture; Benjamin Yiu, general manager, Aerospace Group, Asia Pacific.