22 October 2012
A comprehensive technology transfer program for emerging suppliers and licensing partners interested in expanding into the aerostructures sector with EADS and its business units was unveiled today by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative.
The joint roadmap will help customers obtain the technological know-how, training and market information for successful qualification.
Wulf Hoeflich, the head of EADS’ Technology Licensing initiative, said the three-step process would begin with a pilot application on a flying or non-flying structure to train employees and to bring them up to the required technical and quality levels. The second step would be a supplier qualification program to ensure the necessary procedures, infrastructure and installations are implemented. The process would conclude with the company becoming a supplier eligible to work with EADS and its business units.
“This provides a step-by-step approach where future suppliers can digest the technology, can train their people step-by-step, and finally to roll it out to a larger commercial application,” Hoeflich said.
He added that the process would help suppliers define clear milestones on the way to becoming active in the commercial aerostructures sector. Training programs and on-site engineering design applications that are needed to expand into new markets and technological areas would also be covered in the plan offered by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative.
This new roadmap concept was detailed during the EADS Technology Licensing initiative’s participation as an exhibitor at the 2012 Airbus Global Supplier Conference, held in Toulouse, France.
The goal of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative is to help suppliers achieve greater success by providing access to the company’s €30 billion investment in research and development, while also functioning as a single point of access to the company’s design, development, engineering and production resources.
Wulf Hoeflich, head of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative (centre), outlines the new supplier roadmap strategy with attendees at today’s Airbus Supplier Conference in Toulouse. Joining him at left is Quentin Lefebvre, who also is a member of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative team.
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