Aussie lab to be Boeing’s largest R&D operation outside the US

Boeing Research & Technology Australia has opened a new research and development lab at Port Melbourne, with the operation representing the company's largest research presence outside the US.

In a statement late last week Industry and Innovation Minister Greg Combet said the new centre would work with local companies and research organisations such as the CSIRO and Defence Science and Technology Organisation.


“It will give [Boeing] access to Australia's best technology, create innovative solutions to global aerospace manufacturing challenges, reduce technical risks, enable the development of future aerospace technologies and improve the efficiency, cost and performance of current aerospace systems,” he said.


“For example, the novel composite materials, structures and robotics technologies developed at BR&T-Australia are being used in Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner, one of the world's most advanced commercial aircraft.”


“The composite moveable trailing edge wing surfaces, about 4 per cent of the aircraft, are manufactured at the Port Melbourne plant and shipped to its US assembly plant.”


Combet said the new plant was proof there was strong demand for Australia to provide manufacturing and innovation solutions for the global aerospace industry.


“Boosting innovation through R&D is the best way to keep Australian industry internationally competitive, with Boeing Australia having been a significant contributor to, and a beneficiary of, Australian R&D,” he said.