Pratt & Whitney issued a contract to Volvo Aero to reduce the weight of the turbine exhaust case (TEC) for the GP7000 engine that powers the Airbus A380. As part of the agreement, Volvo Aero will assume responsibility for manufacturing and product support for the TEC during the engine’s lifetime. The new Volvo Aero design reduces the weight of the TEC by more than 10%, resulting in environmental and fuel-consumption benefits. Following validation, it is projected that series production of the new TEC for the GP7000 engine could start in 2010. At the end of that year, Volvo Aero would take over full manufacturing responsibility.