Boeing has opened a new Engineering and Technology Centre in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The engineering centre is one of 15 around the world that develops advanced technologies to drive aerospace innovation.
Boeing says the new centre is an expansion of its strategic investments in Brazil, where it employs approximately 500 engineers supporting current and future programmes.
During an event with employees and key stakeholders, Boeing also shared several new strategic investments in Brazil, including the signing of a MoU with the state of São Paulo focused on aerospace technological development.
The MoU includes support for education focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); promoting a joint agenda of industrialisation and innovation; and enhancing and strengthening the talent pipeline throughout Brazil’s aerospace ecosystem, with an emphasis on increasing diversity.
Lynne Hopper, vice president of Boeing engineering, strategy and operations, said: “Boeing’s longstanding partnership with Brazil dates back more than 90 years, and during that time, we have collaborated with the Brazilian aerospace industry and community to tap into the incredible technical abilities and problem-solving skills of Brazilian engineers.
“Their expertise strengthens our commitment to engineering excellence and positions us to tackle the next generation of challenges in our industry.”
Boeing also announced a funding agreement with the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) to extend their sustainability partnership to develop the third phase of the SAFMaps database to understand the feasibility of the most promising inputs for SAF production in specific areas in Brazil.
In another announcement, the company revealed its first internship programme in Brazil for students in their final year of engineering studies.
Interns will apply knowledge through projects in a global and multicultural environment with mentoring from experienced professionals. The initiative is aligned with the company’s global strategy to contribute to engineering excellence in countries where it operates.
Humberto Pereira, director of the Boeing Engineering and Technology Centre, said: “We want to offer the best internship programme in Brazil for students who want to build a solid and prominent career in the aerospace industry.
“Brazil has a rich aviation history with universities that are reference points in the engineering sector.”
Landon Loomis, Boeing president for Latin America and the Caribbean and vice president of global policy, said: “Our investments in Brazil are extensive and reflect the fact that Boeing considers the country a strategic partner in solving some of the biggest challenges in the global aerospace industry.
“By expanding our collaboration in Brazil, the country also can play a larger role in meeting global demand for commercial airplanes valued at $8 trillion over the next 20 years.”
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