Our alliance with Boeing entices the brightest minds to advance innovation in space sciences, advanced materials, energy and direct manufacturing. Together we have delivered a range of technological breakthroughs.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, and defence, space and security systems. The company supplies aircraft and information platform systems to Australia’s airlines and the Australian Department of Defence.
We have jointly invested over $120 million across a wide range of projects, including aircraft repainting methods, sustainable aviation fuels, aircraft assembly processes, fire retardants and aircraft maintenance management software.
Our relationship has played a key role in the development of Boeing's operations in Australia, most notably the decision to establish research and development (R&D) laboratories in Brisbane and Melbourne. These precincts house more than 120 Australian scientists engaged on advanced aerospace technologies.
Our partnership with Boeing has delivered a range of innovative technological breakthroughs. Here are some examples.
Topcoat reactivation technology
CSIRO and Boeing developed a simple and effective 'spray on and leave on re-coating technology that has been applied to over 800 of Boeing’s new commercial aircraft, including recent deliveries to both Qantas and Virgin Australia, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings.
Airspace and airport congestion simulation tools
Total Airspace and Airport Modelling (TAAM) simulation software was first developed within CSIRO and spun-off into The Preston Group; later acquired by Boeing. TAAM is in operation across the globe, including AirServices Australia, and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane airports; reducing airspace congestion, airport disruption and conflict avoidance and ensuring safer Australian skies.
Success and growth
Initially engaging in a series of contract research projects in the late 80s, our partnership has evolved into a strategic relationship model for R&D collaboration. Boeing describes this as its gold standard and adheres to this model in other international affiliations.
In 2010 Boeing named CSIRO its Supplier of the Year in the academic category. In the same year the Boeing-CSIRO topcoat reaction team was awarded the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.
CSIRO beat out thousands of other businesses to be named Boeing’s Technology Supplier of the Year in 2017. Recent work has focussed on new manufacturing and worker safety processes, including technology to keep Boeing’s employees safer and meet strict environmental regulations. These include new hydraulic fluid for planes, and replacing a commonly-used corrosion inhibitor used by the aviation industry with a safer alternative that provides better performance.
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