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Airbus and CRC-ACS Establish Research Agreement

09 December 2005

Airbus and Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures Limited (CRC-ACS) have established of a Research and Technology Framework Agreement.

This Agreement follows Airbus' successful ten-year working relationship with CRC-ACS, based in Melbourne, Victoria, and will further cement the relationship on a more substantial strategic partnership basis. This agreement will facilitate the establishment of further joint technology projects with CRC-ACS in the future.

To further strengthen this important relationship, Airbus and CRC-ACS will establish a joint Steering Group that will involve research partnership managers from Airbus' Engineering Department which will work directly with the CRC-ACS management team headed by Professor Murray Scott, a major international figure in the world of composite structures technology and Chief Executive Officer of the CRC-ACS.

In establishing this strategic partnership, Professor Scott said that ""CRC-ACS is very serious in the quest for lighter, cheaper and more advanced composite structures and processes, and with our strong relationship with Airbus, I know that our two organizations will go from strength to strength in achieving these goals.""

""Continued development of advanced composite technology is of major importance for us as a business"" said Airbus' Executive Vice President, Alain Garcia. ""The CRC-ACS possesses world-class expertise of value to Airbus in the fields of manufacturing, numerical modelling, health monitoring and design. In particular, the CRC-ACS has developed assembly technologies through which there is potential for weight and cost savings associated with applications of these technologies to composite wing, fuselage and other structures.""

Mr Garcia added, ""Our search for research partners around the world continues to find the best technologies to ensure the continued successful evolution of our products.""