Boeing to open research and development centre in Japan to focus on SAF, electric/hydrogen propulsion, robotics, digitisation and composites

Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) centre. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 cooperation agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies and future flight concepts that will promote zero-climate-impact aviation. This is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, batteries and composite manufacturing that will enable new forms of urban mobility.

The BR&T – Japan research centre will be located in Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing’s major industrial partners and suppliers. The facility will further expand Boeing’s research and development footprint in the region, which includes centres in Australia, China and Korea.

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