Boeing recently opened the 104,000-square-foot Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina in Charleston that will focus on current and next-generation technology development.
Ground was broken in early 2014 on the facility that will lead Boeing's research and development efforts for advanced manufacturing, focusing on composite fuselage and propulsion systems production.
“This new research center will help us better meet the needs of our customers by enhancing our ability to provide effective, relevant technology in today’s competitive marketplace as we enter our second century of business,” John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology, said.
The center features lab spaces for scientists and engineers, two autoclaves, and a paint booth with automation capabilities and a clean room.
“The people and facilities we’re introducing today will help us apply new technology and solutions to our products across the entire company faster and more efficiently than ever before,” Lane Ballard, leader of the Boeing Research & Technology-South Carolina center, said.
Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, agreed.
“Increasing our research and development footprint here demonstrates our continued commitment to the state of South Carolina, and will help Boeing and the region attract, develop and retain the best talent in the industry,” she said.
The new South Carolina facility is one of several research centers operated by Boeing. There are four other sites in the U.S. -- in Alabama,California, Missouri and Washington state -- in addition to international sites in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India and Russia.