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Airbus expands its global collaboration with a new U.S. manufacturing technology partnership

Airbus’ worldwide network of relationships with suppliers, partners, institutions and organizations has been further expanded with the company’s new membership in a U.S. industry/academic consortium dedicated to manufacturing breakthroughs and advances in applied research.

18 July 2014 Feature story

This latest collaboration was formally inaugurated at the Farnborough Airshow during a signing ceremony with the state of Virginia’s Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) at an event attended by top managers from Airbus, its Airbus Group parent company, as well as Virginia officials.

“Airbus seeks global opportunities to mature technologies through partnerships, benefitting from competences with partners such as the CCAM,” said Charles Champion, the Airbus Executive Vice president – Engineering.  “At Airbus, we don’t commit lightly to these relationships – wherever they may be in the world – and we undertake them with a long-term vision.”

CCAM’s state-of-the-art facility in Disputanta, Virginia, is situated approximately 200 kilometres south of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area, which is home to the headquarters for Airbus Americas, the company’s U.S. subsidiary, along with one of its spares centres.

The CCAM member companies, along with academic and government partners, collaborate on research to innovate manufacturing practices, opening the potential for new technologies and processes applied in aerospace, transportation and other industries.

“We are a leader in developing advanced manufacturing technology in a number of technical areas of interest for Airbus, while Airbus has technologies that we feel are complementary to our mission of developing advanced manufacturing,” explained Joseph F. Moody, CCAM President and Executive Director.

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