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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Boeing, COMAC Open Aviation Technology Center in China

Boeing and China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp. (COMAC) opened a new facility in Beijing on Thursday to study aviation biofuel refinement and methods for improving airtraffic management.

The Boeing-Comac Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center is a joint venture between the two companies and a result of their collaboration agreement back in March to open a sustainable energy research facility.

Boeing said that the center’s first project will pursue opportunities to refine waste cooking oil into sustainable aviation biofuel.

“Energy conservation emission reduction has currently become the hotspot and focus of the global aviation sector, and our collaboration with Boeing in this regard will have profound impacts in China as well as the world,” said Shi Jianzhong, vice president of COMAC. “Meanwhile, we wish to construct the new center as a demonstrative advanced technology center and to make contributions to the development of the aviation industry in China and world with the concerted efforts of both sides.”

The new Boeing-COMAC center will work with China-based universities and research institutions, and will be located at COMAC's new Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute.

“The new Boeing-COMAC Technology Center reflects our companies' mutual commitment tomake progress on industry challenges, such as the need to reduce carbon emissions. These industry issues cannot be solved by one company alone. What better way to address them than in partnership,” said Marc Allen, president of Boeing China.


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