Boeing Increases Support for Australian Industry with New Industrial Participation Office
The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA], through its Integrated Defense Systems Industrial
Participation organization, today opened a new office in Seattle, Wash., to
help increase business opportunities for Australian companies.
The Office of Australian Industry Capability (OAIC) at Boeing will work closely
with the Australian Department of Defence and Australian industry to identify
bid opportunities for Australian aerospace companies within Boeing's
major commercial and defence programs, as well as key supplier partners.
establishment of the OAIC is in direct response to the Commonwealth's
new Defence and Industry policy statement," said Joel Gray, Australia/New
Zealand Industrial Participation manager for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "We
expect the OAIC to develop opportunities for Australian industry as well as
bring value to our global customers. We are pleased to continue our commitment
to Australia and its industry by being the first U.S. prime contractor to establish
such an office."
A series of industry roundtables will start the first week of December in Brisbane
and Melbourne, with future meetings scheduled throughout the country next year.
Initial focus will be on suppliers whose capabilities have been designated
by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) as export-ready and important to
maintaining the through-life-support capability necessary to sustain the Australian
Defence Force's aerospace assets.
"In establishing the OAIC, Boeing is the first major international company
to formally embrace Australia's new Defence and Industry Policy requirements,
which seek to ensure that Australian industry gets the opportunity to compete
for work based on a best value for money basis," said Dominic Zaal, director
general, Industry Capability Branch of the DMO.
The OAIC will draw upon previous DMO work, coordinating the Australian aerospace
industry into a "Team Australia" to address opportunities associated
with other major defence acquisitions. The DMO will notify eligible suppliers
as the OAIC identifies opportunities. The OAIC, along with the DMO, also will
offer various training and mentoring programs, host sector conferences and
visit, assess and host select suppliers.
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer
of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing
designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles,
satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems.
As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and
International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and
commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries
around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.
Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 150,000 people across the
United States and in 70 countries. Total company revenues for 2006 were $61.5