Boeing’s advanced R&D team marks decade in Australia
- Conducts leading research in robotics, composites, autonomous systems and virtual reality
BRISBANE, Australia, March 22, 2018 - Boeing’s Australian research and technology team today marked its 10-year contribution to the global aerospace industry, during which it has developed key technologies that advance the company’s aspiration to be an enduring global industrial champion.
Since its establishment in 2008, Boeing Research & Technology – Australia (BR&T-Australia), together with government and university partners, has led and collaborated on major technology breakthroughs spanning advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems, defence, and virtual reality/augmented reality systems.
“Our BR&T-Australia team strengthens our business by ensuring that the best of Australian innovation and technology enhances our world-leading products and services,” said Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer, The Boeing Company. “We look forward to the many breakthroughs our BR&T-Australia team will deliver in the years to come.”
The organisation expanded from an initial team of 30 to 85 highly qualified researchers today based at three sites across Melbourne and Brisbane, including one co-located at the University of Queensland – a first for Boeing in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Embedding our researchers within the university environment cultivates close collaboration between the business and academia,” said Michael Edwards, general manager, BR&T-Australia.
“Boeing’s investment in R&D in Australia is adding value, creating new products, improving efficiencies and developing exciting new domestic and international business opportunities for Australia.”
These technologies have included resin-infused carbon fibre components that make complex aircraft structures lighter and more efficient to manufacture, advanced robots creating factories of the future, autonomous systems that detect and avoid objects in the air, and virtual and augmented reality technology that support training aircraft pilots and the upcoming CST-100 Starliner pilots.
Boeing in Australia’s unique research and product development model comes from the collaboration between the 160-plus members of its two innovation-focused organisations, BR&T-Australia and Boeing’s Phantom Works International (PWI), responsible for advanced prototyping and development that develops near-term transformative technological solutions for Boeing customers.
In 2016, Boeing spent approximately $47 million on R&D and innovation in Australia, according to a BIS Oxford Economics report; for more information, visit www.boeing.com.au/impact.