LONDON – On August 1, the U.S. aircraft manufacturing giant, Boeing, announced that it will open a new BR&T (Boeing Research and Technology) centre in Japan, as well as expanding its sustainability partnerships in the country.
The BR&T Centre & New Partnerships
As part of Boeing’s sustainability drive, the company will open its new BR&T centre in the Japanese city of Nagoya. The city that Boeing has chosen comes a no surprise, given that they have a large number of partners based there, some of which help to manufacture some of their aircraft parts.
As such, the city of Nagoya sees regular visits of Boeing’s 747 Dreamlifter aircraft, a modified version of Boeing’s popular 747 aircraft that has a larger shaped fuselage to be able to fit aircraft fuselage sections, wings and even engines.
The new Japanese facility will mark Boeing’s fourth centre in the Asia and Pacific regions, alongside their centres in Australia, China and Korea.
On top of their new R&D (Research and Development) facility that is to be opened in Japan, Boeing has further expanded its 2019 Cooperation Agreement with Japan’s METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
This expansion will now mean that their agreement will also include a new focus on SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuels), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies and future flight concepts. This will all help to promote and take steps to achieve the worldwide aviation goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Boeing’s original agreement with METI already previously included exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion technologies, batteries and the manufacture of composite materials to bring about new forms of urban mobility.
As well as their revised agreement with METI, Boeing has also become the newest member of Japan’s ACT FOR SKY, a voluntary organisation of 16 different companies that all work harmoniously to both promote and expand the use of Japanese produced SAF.
ACT FOR SKY was originally founded by the Japanese flag carrier airline, Japan Airlines, as well as All Nippon Airways (ANA), JGC Holdings Corporation and Revo International.
Not only this, but Boeing’s new agreements with METI and ACT FOR SKY will go hand-in-hand with the company’s new research facility in Nagoya, really focusing on a sustainable future for the Japanese aviation industry.
Commenting on the announcement of their new BR&T centre in Japan, Boeing’s Chief Engineer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Test and Technology, Greg Hyslop, has said, “We are excited to open our latest global research and technology centre here in Japan.”
“Working with terrific partners like METI, the new centre will expand upon Boeing-wide initiatives in sustainable fuels and electrification, and explore the intersection of digitisation, automation and high-performance aerospace composites for greater sustainability in our future products and production systems.”
Masahiro Aika, a representative for ACT FOR SKY, has added comments on Boeing joining their organisation, saying, “ACT FOR SKY welcomes the participation of Boeing. We look forward to Boeing collaborating with the other members to “ACT” for the commercialisation, promotion and expansion of SAF in Japan.”
Adding to Hyslop’s and Aika’s comments, Chris Raymond, Boeing’s Chief Sustainability Officer says, “To ensure the enormous societal benefits of aviation remain available for generations to come, we must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
“We are humbled to join ACT FOR SKY and collaborate with other members to share global best practices and help with the scale up and demand of SAF in Japan. And we are honoured to open the Japan Research Centre and expand our work with airline customers ANA and JAL on advanced technologies to realise zero climate impact aviation.”