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Sikorsky’s PZL Mielec launches PLN 60m R&D centre


PZL Mielec, a unit of Sikorsky, the leading global maker of helicopters, on 14 December inaugurated an Aircraft Research and Testing Centre in Mielec (Podkarpackie voivodship). The value of the investment is PLN 60m (approx. €14.7m), of which a third came from EU funds.

Janusz Zakrecki, PZL Mielec CEO, said the centre was part of the company’s long-term strategy to focus on innovation and to develop its own engineering team, and that the project means PZL Mielec will be adding jobs next year.

The company has created a total of 750 new jobs since 2007, even as most aviation firms trimmed staff levels, Mr. Zakrecki said.

PZL Mielec is the biggest aircraft maker in Poland. In 2007 it was acquired by Sikorsky in a $125m (€94m) deal. At present it employs nearly 2,100 people and makes 20 Black Hawk S-70i helicopters a year, among other products.

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