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Game-changing GE Aviation technology comes to life in Alabama (video)

For GE Aviation, two futuristic manufacturing technologies that will change the design and performance of jet engines are taking off in Alabama.

This week, the Ohio-based company announced a $200 million plan to build a pair of plants in Huntsville that will produce silicon carbide materials used to make ultra-lightweight ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) capable to withstanding extremely high temperatures.

The GE Aviation technology represents a breakthrough for jet propulsion. CMC components weigh just one-third as much as those made from conventional alloys, which means hundreds of pounds can be shed from engines. That means significant fuel savings and added efficiency.

“This investment will bolster Alabama’s pivotal role in the development of GE Aviation’s world-class engines and the future of aerospace engineering,” U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said today.

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GE Aviation plans Alabama materials factories in $200 million project

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