Boeing recognises Australian research giant with technology award

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A scientist spraying CSIRO topcoat technology on Boeing aircraft

Aerospace behemoth Boeing has recognised Australian research agency CSIRO’s outstanding performance in research and development, naming the agency as a Supplier of the Year for 2016.

Outstanding performance in research and development, including a breakthrough innovation to keep Boeing’s employees safer, were cited as some of the reasons for CSIRO being given the Technology Award, which was announced at a ceremony this week in Dallas, Texas.

Boeing’s Technology Award is reserved for the partner that has shown outstanding performance and "been instrumental in the introduction of new products to meet Boeing's current and future business needs".

The CSIRO has developed technology to keep Boeing’s employees safer and meet strict environmental regulations, such as 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.

"Boeing’s success is a testament to the partnerships we hold with the finest aerospace suppliers in the world, such as CSIRO," Boeing leader for enterprise supplier management Kent Fisher said.

"Together we will continue to deliver affordable, technologically advanced products and services that give our customers a competitive edge."

The Boeing relationship is one of CSIRO’s most enduring and productive. Since 1989, the organisations have invested in projects that take in everything from software to safety systems, cyber security to space science, production efficiency to advanced materials.

CSIRO was previously recognised as a Boeing Supplier of the Year for 2010 in the academic category.

"We help Boeing deliver profound value to their customers and ensure our innovation benefits Boeing's bottom line," said CSIRO's chief executive Dr Larry Marshall.

"To top it all off, we also improve Boeing's environmental impact.

"Over 28 years we've evolved from vendor to true partner. We are so much stronger together. Boeing allows us to turn excellent science and clever ideas into industry leading technology that changes lives.

"When you have a century of commitment to trying new things, placing the customer first and collaborating with equally passionate partners, you develop a culture of believing that anything is possible. That spirit is at the core of our partnership with Boeing."

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