EADS Innovation Works, the European aerospace and defence group’s research and development network, is opening a branch in Bangalore. Dr. Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Yann Barbaux, Head of EADS Innovation Works, Yves Guillaume, CEO of EADS India, and Eugen Welte, CEO of Airbus Engineering Centre India, inaugurated the research facility on Friday. It is located within the Airbus Engineering Centre India's premises.
“The opening of EADS Innovation Works India is a part of our global Research and Technology strategy,” said EADS CTO Jean Botti. “EADS is developing international R&T capabilities in order to access new technologies and engineering resources efficiently close to our strategic markets. India is an important part of our vision for research and technology growth and India has highly educated people that will offer tremendous value to our R & T capabilities'.”
Yann Barbaux, head of EADS Innovation Works, added: “Bangalore is India’s aerospace and IT hub, it was important for us to be present. The opening of this new branch of EADS Innovation Works, the third one outside of Europe, will again put some fresh ideas in our innovation process “
EADS Innovation Works India will manage and broker R&T projects for the EADS Business Units and the Corporate R&T Organisation. Some of the projects carried out by EADS Innovation Works India will be performed in collaboration with Indian partners such as the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology. EADS Innovation Works India will also run its own projects using internal resources at its own facilities.
The projects will capitalise on Indian capabilities identified by EADS in various fields: numerical simulation of complex physical systems, multi-disciplinary optimisation, high-performance computing and radar technology.
The Airbus Engineering Centre India has been operational since 2007 and currently employs some 120 local engineers. By 2012 the Airbus Engineering Centre India will grow to 400 engineers.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of EUR 43.3 billion and employed a workforce of about 118,000. The Group includes Airbus as the leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, with Airbus Military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft, Eurocopter as the world's largest helicopter supplier and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA.