Monday, February 07, 2005

Upsourcing to India for aircraft nanomaterials

Boeing, Airbus ramp up sourcing from India (Business Standard)

    India seems to be emerging as a hot spot for global aircraft manufacturers, not just as a market but also as a destination to outsource manufacturing and software development.

    While the European aircraft maker, Airbus, has started talks with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to develop components for its latest offering, the A380, in India, Boeing has awarded a new deal to the Shiv Nadar-promoted HCL Technologies to develop software for its latest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner.

    ... Boeing is also working with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in a strategic alliance to conduct research in aerospace materials, structures and manufacturing technologies. The alliance with IISc will provide innovative ideas and help infuse the best of these technologies into Boeing.

    The focus of the Boeing-IISc strategic alliance spans the range from nanotechnology, structural alloys, composites, smart materials and structures, process modelling and simulation, manufacturing technologies and prototyping through substructure fabrication and testing. These are technologies of critical importance to the future of aerostructures. More here

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