It's a relationship that has taken off, so to speak. Aeronautical giant Boeing has named CSIRO its Global Research and Development Supplier of the Year.
Boeing Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Jim McNerney, cited “outstanding results and top-notch customer satisfaction' as the key to being judged the 'the best of the best.” CSIRO was one of only 16 recipients to be recognised, out of 26,000 Boeing suppliers worldwide.
Alex Zelinsky, Group Executive for Information Sciences, who accepted the award on behalf of CSIRO, said CSIRO was considered Boeing's premier research and development partner and the award was a strong endorsement of our long and fruitful partnership.
"Here at CSIRO, we want our science to do more than succeed in the lab. We want to get it out to industry and to the world so that people see the benefits to their lives. We've been doing just that with Boeing," Mr Zelinsky said.
"During our 22-year partnership, we have jointly invested about $110 million across a wide range of projects, including world-leading technology innovations in aircraft repainting methods, sustainable aviation fuels, aircraft assembly processes, fire retardants and aircraft maintenance management software."
CSIRO’s relationship with Boeing has also played a key role in the development of Boeing's operations in Australia.
Boeing’s decision to establish research and development laboratories in Brisbane and Melbourne has led to the employment of 34 scientists, many of whom collaborate with CSIRO on joint projects.
CSIRO and Boeing have developed a simple and effective "spray on and leave on" paint technology that has been applied to over 800 commercial aircraft and produced multi-million dollar savings.
Boeing's Australian research operations have also been able to benefit from the secondment of senior level CSIRO managers into critical aerospace and defence-related research projects.
This has contributed to Boeing Australia's highly successful manufacture and supply of advanced composite wing components to its next generation 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft and in the development of new material systems for composite manufacturing.
The Boeing Supplier Performance Recognition Program assesses quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise.
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and has been working with CSIRO for more than 22 years.