Australia’s role in aerospace manufacturing celebrated

The role of Australian manufacturing in producing the 1,000th Boeing 787 Dreamliner was celebrated on November 29, with Victorian Minister for Economic Development, Tim Pallas, visiting Boeing’s site in Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

At the plant, wing components for the premium commercial aircraft are manufactured. The site is also involved in design, engineering, and advanced manufacturing roles for Boeing’s global supply chain.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one of the most technically advanced commercial aircraft and flies more than 1,900 routes criss-crossing the globe.

To produce the wing components, a unique resin infusion system was developed in Melbourne, which enables carbon fibre production technology, with savings in weight and improvements in efficiency for the overall aircraft.

“Victorian manufacturers make world class products and it’s their ingenuity that give wings to the world’s most technically advanced commercial aircraft,” said Pallas.

According to Boeing Aerostructures Australia managing director, Jose Garza, the technology encased in the plane’s design Dreamliner is what sets the plane apart.

“The 787 Dreamliner family brings superior value to operators and passengers, and it’s a great feeling for our 1100+ teammates to know a piece of Australia is flying on every 787 Dreamliner,” he said.

Currently, 250 aerospace companies operate from Victoria, including Lockheed Martin, Thales, and BAE Systems, which conduct activities such as aerospace research, development, and manufacturing.