Boeing boss talks up Australian manufacturing, R&D abilities

Boeing International’s president has spoken highly of the its manufacturing capability in Australia, the country where it has its largest presence outside of the United States.

Boeing employs roughly 3,000 in Australia, with a turnover locally of around $1 billion. It has deep R&D partnerships with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, universities and the CSIRO.

It has partnered with the CSIRO, which it named its Supplier of The Year in 2011, for 27 years. The partnership had recently seen success in developing a lighter top coat for aircraft paint.

Boeing International president Marc Allen told Fairfax the company’s Australian operations were the “gold standard” for manufacturing, and spoke of the importance of applied research.

Allen said the policy settings supporting R&D were excellent in Australia, but it would continue to pursue further support.

"The ease of doing business is fabulous but it can always be improved,” Allen told Fairfax.

“But fundamentally it is about the commitment by the government to help us to build and improve the ecosystem we are looking for."

He did not rule out increasing the firm’s Australian presence in the future.

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