Airbus and National Research Council Canada agree on cooperation

Farnborough, (PresseBox) - The National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Airbus have signed a ten year framework agreement on research and technology cooperation. This new agreement is the first result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between EADS and the NRC. EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology organisation, signed this framework agreement on behalf of the entire Group in June 2008 in Canada.

A spectrum of technical subjects will be covered by the Airbus-NRC agreement, ranging from manufacturing technologies to flight tests for environmental investigations. In particular, Airbus and the NRC will actively encourage the participation of Canadian supplier partners in the cooperation helping to maintain and develop the Canadian aeronautical industry's technology base and competitiveness.

"Canada is one of the major aeronautics nations in the world so it is only natural that Airbus and the NRC should want to cooperate. We have a long and good tradition in working together. This new agreement will upgrade the status of our relationship to a formal programme with an enhanced spectrum of research work to increase the ecoefficiency of modern aircraft even further", said Axel Krein, Senior Vice President of Airbus Research and Technology.

"I am pleased that a Division of EADS has taken the first concrete step and is taking advantage of the MoU we signed last month. It proves that we are committing to utilizing the strong technical resources Canada has to offer" said Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer.

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China, Japan and in the Middle East. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.

Airbus Group

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of € 39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA. EADS also develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division.

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