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Boeing targets Brazil for research center

April 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM

SAO PAULO, April 4 (UPI) -- Boeing is expanding its worldwide research and technology efforts with the opening of an aerospace technology center in Brazil.

Boeing Research and Technology-Brazil will be in Sao Paulo and will collaborate with leading Brazilian researchers and scientists to develop aerospace technologies, Boeing said.

The center, which is to open this year, will be the sixth company research center outside the United States. Others in operation are in Europe, Australia, India, China and Russia.

"Boeing is defined by its technological edge, and establishing Boeing Research and Technology in Brazil will bring new ideas and innovative processes to our company," said Boeing Brazil President Donna Hrinak. "We also will strengthen our relationship with Brazil's R&D community in ways that grow Brazil's capabilities and meet the country's goals for economic and technology development."

Research at the center will focus on sustainable aviation biofuels, advanced air traffic management, advanced metals and bio-materials and support and services technologies.

Last year Boeing announced plans to work with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, and the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation to explore the opportunities and challenges of bio-derived jet fuel production and distribution.

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