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UTRC unveils $60 million expanded innovation hub and announces additional $115 million for new research facilities.

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the global innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), has a new and expanded $60 million state-of-the-art innovation hub on its East Hartford, Conn., campus.

This research and development facility has been designed to enhance global innovation at UTC and its businesses. The company also has two additional major investments planned for its East Hartford campus: a $75 million Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence and a $40 million Engine Compressor Research facility.

The new innovation hub includes 185,000 square feet of new and renovated office and laboratory space. The $60 million build-out was enabled through a collaboration with the state of Connecticut through the historic 2014 Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act. This investment enables UTRC to expand its core capabilities in advanced materials, measurement sciences, sensor technologies, environmental sciences, autonomous systems and human-collaborative robotics.

The new additive manufacturing facility will accelerate deployment of a broad range of metal and polymer additive technologies across UTC businesses. In the Engine Compressor Research facility, UTRC and Pratt & Whitney will develop and mature advanced compressor technologies for future commercial and military engines.

"Global innovation at UTC begins right here at the research center in East Hartford," says Dr. David Parekh, corporate vice president of research and director of UTRC. "We are unveiling a clear demonstration of UTC's commitment to investing in the breakthrough technologies that will help shape our future.

"Since 1929, UTRC has served as a strategic partner to all UTC businesses, driving the newest and best advances in aerospace and commercial building technologies. This investment in our headquarters and our current and future innovators will allow us to remain global leaders for decades to come."

As the innovation hub of UTC, UTRC supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. Further, UTRC leads the monetization of UTC's intellectual property through business model innovation. Based in East Hartford, UTRC has additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, Calif., and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland. UTC, based in Farmington, Conn., provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.

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