EADS Innovation Works opens Research and Technology Branch in Bangalore
Written by James   
Saturday, 05 December 2009
Bangalore: European aerospace and defence major, EADS on Friday inaugurated a branch of it's research and development network - EADS Innovation Works - in Bangalore. It is located within the Airbus Engineering Centre India's premises.

EADS Innovation Works India will manage and broker R&T projects for the EADS Business Units and the Corporate R&T Organisation. Some of the projects carried out by EADS Innovation Works India will be performed in collaboration with Indian partners such as the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology.

"Bangalore is India’s aerospace and IT hub, it was important for us to be present. The opening of this new branch of EADS Innovation Works, the third one outside of Europe, will again put some fresh ideas in our innovation process," said Yann Barbaux, head of EADS Innovation Works.

Dr. Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Yann Barbaux, Head of EADS Innovation Works, Yves Guillaume, CEO of EADS India, and Eugen Welte, CEO of Airbus Engineering Centre India, inaugurated the research facility.

“The opening of EADS Innovation Works India is a part of our global Research and Technology strategy,” said EADS CTO Jean Botti.

EADS Innovation Works India will also run its own projects using internal resources at its own facilities. The projects will capitalise on Indian capabilities identified by EADS in various fields: numerical simulation of complex physical systems, multi-disciplinary optimisation, high-performance computing and radar technology.

“EADS is developing international R&T capabilities in order to access new technologies and engineering resources efficiently close to our strategic markets. India is an important part of our vision for research and technology growth and India has highly educated people that will offer tremendous value to our R & T capabilities',” Jean Botti added.

The company is keen to partner with ISRO in the area of propulsion technology, supersonic and hypersonic technologies for aeroplanes. It has also initiated work in the field of biotechnology towards finding new sources of energy.

The Airbus Engineering Centre India has been operational since 2007 and currently employs some 120 local engineers. By 2012 the Airbus Engineering Centre India will grow to 400 engineers.

EADS has tie-ups with ISRO, HAL, Larsen & Toubro and Bharat Dynamics Ltd in research, satellite-making, sourcing parts, development of missiles and radars and , supply chain management.

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