Boeing and Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have launched a new five-year, $30 million (AUD 41 million)  research and development program.

Improving sustainability and using digital technologies to boost productivity are among the focus areas of the new R & D program.

In a press statement, CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said that the partnership with Boeing represented a success story of science partnering with industry to create impact.

“CSIRO has existed for more than 100 years to help industry solve its greatest challenges and create a prosperous society,” Marshall said.

“The next five years will see our science really move the needle on innovation to create sustainable solutions that deliver the great challenge of lowering emissions while expanding our economy at the same time – but that’s what science does.”

Marshall continued: “Our partnership with Boeing is a shining example of that, science delivering real solutions for aviation and aerospace industries and creating economic benefits for Australia and jobs for Australians that we know from our history will continue to deliver value for decades.” 

For more than 30 years, CSIRO and Boeing have been a thriving partnership in advancing innovation in space sciences, advanced materials, data analytics, energy, and direct manufacturing.

Both organizations  have made numerous breakthroughs since first partnering in 1989, including CSIRO’s ‘Paintbond’ technology, which has been applied to more than a thousand Boeing aircraft around the world, saving millions of dollars in maintenance costs.

“Our new multi-year agreement with CSIRO will lead to a more sustainable aviation industry, building upon our decades-long partnership that has already produced so many significant advancements for Boeing and our customers,” Boeing’s chief engineer and executive vice president of Boeing Engineering, Test & Technology Greg Hyslop said.

“Years of research and development is at the core of every critical innovation in aerospace.”

Over the years, both Boeing and CSIRO have invested more than $144 million (AUD200 million) on joint research projects.

The strong relationship with CSIRO was a key factor in Boeing choosing Australia as the location for its largest research and development operation outside the United States.