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CSIRO and Boeing sign $AUD 35 million research agreement

28 April 2017

In the latest step in a 28-year partnership, CSIRO and Boeing have announced a new five year $35 million research funding agreement with the focus on space sciences, advanced materials and manufacturing.

Over the years the organisations have invested more than $AUD170 million on 190 joint research projects into everything from innovative new manufacturing processes, to fire retardants, biofuels and software.

The partnership has delivered a range of innovative technological breakthroughs such as the simple and effective “Paintbond” technology that has been applied to more than a thousand Boeing airplanes, including new commercial aircraft delivered to both Qantas and Virgin Australia. The treatment is predicted to save millions of dollars in maintenance costs.

Australia hosts Boeing’s largest research and development operation outside the United States.

“Our relationship is a real success story of science partnering with industry to create impact, and we’re looking forward to growing that impact even further in the coming years,” CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall said at the May 2017 funding announcement.

CSIRO’s “Paintbond” technology (pictured above) has been applied to more than a thousand Boeing aircraft. It is predicted to save millions of dollars in maintenance.

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