A new energy-efficient factory of Boeing Tianjin Composites Company, a joint venture between Boeing and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, was completed and put into use on April 18.
The factory is located in the Binhai New Area and is part of Boeing Tianjin's 21-million-U.S.-dollar expansion project. It covers an area of 55,000 square meters and has a total floor space of 25,000 square meters. After it starts full production in 2013, the joint venture's composites production capacity will increase by 60 percent, and the number of its employees will rise from 700 to more than 1,000.
Boeing Tianjin produces components for all of Boeing's in-production models, including the 737, 747-8, 767, 777 and 787. The new factory will make full use of the joint venture's world-class composites production and marketing capabilities and provide better support services to Chinese aviation enterprises, which are the main buyers of Boeing's civil aircraft.
The factory's clients include Boeing, Hatch, Goodrich Corporation, Austria-based FACC, Korean Aerospace Industries, U.S.-based Triumph Group, Boeing Canada, Shanghai Aviation Industrial Group and Xi'an Aviation Industrial Group.
Marc Allen, president of Boeing China, said that the expansion of Boeing Tianjin is just one example of the increasing importance of Boeing's production partners in China. He hopes to further promote Boeing's relations with Chinese companies through win-win cooperation in civil aircraft sales, manufacturing, services, research and development and other fields.
Boeing started cooperation with Chinese aviation companies nearly 40 years ago and has become the largest buyer of aircraft components made in China. Statistics showed that it purchases more than 2 million U.S. dollars worth of aircraft hardware and services in China each year, and Boeing and its supplier partners have valid contracts with China's aviation industry valued at more than 2.5 billion U.S. dollars.