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PZL Mielec Taking A Sustainable Approach to Manufacturing

November 28, 2007  By Corrie

Nov. 28, 2007, Mielec, Poland – PZL Mielec, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s affiliate in Poland, has begun to reduce its environmental footprint.

Nov. 28, 2007, Mielec, Poland – PZL
Mielec, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s affiliate in Poland, has begun
to reduce its environmental footprint as part of modernization efforts
underway at the company.  Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in the
manufacture and service of helicopters including the UH-60 BLACK HAWK
helicopter, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. 

Since its last March, it has reduced air emissions by 15 percent,
removed more than 20 underground storage tanks to reduce the potential
contamination of the company’s water resource and improved energy
efficiency with new lighting windows and insulation to bring the
facility up to higher ecological standards.

“Protection of the environment and employee safety are of the utmost
importance,” said Robert Araujo, manager of Environment, Health &
Safety for Sikorsky Aircraft. “We want to be sure that we create a
business environment of transparency and eco-efficiency. The depletion
of resources has far-reaching consequences, including the loss of
economic viability and a significant social impact. Our Poland Team is
focused on implementing this sustainable approach to manufacturing by
applying new technologies and methods that will not only benefit PZL
Mielec but will contribute to a cleaner global, more sustainable

PZL’s President Janusz Zakrecki said the company’s transformation to
a sustainable approach depends on a comprehensive understanding of all
the systems and processes, and providing visionary leadership,
technological and product innovation, and organizational capabilities
to accomplish this task. This has been gradual but simultaneous with
implementing BLACK HAWK helicopter cabin production. “The improvements
being made at PZL Mielec have put us on a path to become a world class
facility,” Zakrecki said. “As SIKORSKY EUROPE™ begins to grow, PZL
Mielec will be a proud participant in writing this new chapter of
worldwide aviation history in Poland.”


Sikorsky Aircraft has identified the “green philosophy” as an
important focus in the use of technology in manufacturing. Sikorsky
President Jeffrey Pino said: “As Sikorsky Aircraft prepares to begin
production of the INTERNATIONAL BLACK HAWK™ helicopter at PZL Mielec in
the future, we intend to continue to lead the European aviation
industry in setting new standards for environmental stewardship.”

PZL Mielec recently began using an environmentally friendly
zero-to-low-Volatile Organic Compound paint product for aircraft,
marking a first for Europe. The product, known as Aerodur 5000, was
tested on the M28 SKYTRUCK™ in a ”lead the fleet” effort for the Polish
Army. Sikorsky has used zero- Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) and
low-VOC material in the United States since 2000.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, USA, is a
world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. The
company’s long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its
mission statement: “We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home
everywhere … every time™.“ United Technologies Corp., based in
Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high-technology
products and support services to the aerospace and building systems

PZL Mielec is the largest fixed-wing aircraft manufacturer in Poland
and cooperates with leaders in the international aviation business such
as Boeing, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney Canada, SAAB, manufacturing
aerostructures on a sub-contracting basis. PZL makes airplanes of its
own design: M28 SKYTRUCK and M28B BRYZA™, operated in passenger and
cargo transport, paratroop and medevac roles, as well as in special
configurations of maritime patrol, reconnaissance, search and rescue.
The special-mission configured airplanes are In service with Poland’s
Navy Aviation, Airforce and Order Guard.


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