SINGAPORE --- EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, has chosen Singapore as the location for its first Research and Technology (R&T) Centre in Asia. On Tuesday, Noel Forgeard and Tom Enders, EADS CEOs together with Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, inaugurated the EADS Singapore Research & Technology Centre (SRTC). The ceremony took place during the Asian Aerospace 2006 exhibition at Changi Exhibition Centre.
“The opening of the SRTC is a part of our global industrial development efforts”, said the CEOs of EADS, Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard. “EADS is developing international R&T capabilities in order to access new technologies and engineering resources in a more efficient way and close to our strategic markets.”
Daniel Deviller, Chief Technology Officer of EADS, added: “The superb Singaporean technology and research capabilities and EADS’ strategic interests in Asia have led us to this decision. EADS highly welcomes Singapore's policy to become a hub for the Asia activities of international companies, especially for knowledge-based operations.”
Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Education said: "I am pleased by how the partnership between EADS and Singapore has grown over the last two decades. EADS' decision to expand its array of activities in Singapore by sitting its first R&T centre outside Europe here is a testimony of our suitability as a location for high-end research and development."
The implementation of the Centre follows an agreement signed by EADS and the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore at last Asian Aerospace. Supported by the EDB, EADS has explored possible areas of cooperation, potential partners in the Singaporean scientific community and the necessary procedures of cooperation.
The SRTC is an extension of the EADS Research organisation driven by its Global Industrial Development strategy. It will manage and broker projects for the EADS business units and the Corporate Research Centre of EADS while performing its activities in close cooperation with A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) and educational institutions such as National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and other Singaporean scientific institutions. It will also run its own projects with internal resources in its own facilities.
EADS has identified areas in research and technology where Singaporean research capabilities are world class and which are relevant for EADS. Today, joint research projects between EADS and Singaporean agencies like the Defence and Science Organisation (DSO) are conducted in the field of defence and security. The SRTC will expand this existing cooperation and perform research activities on one hand applied or directly connected to the development of products for Airbus (such as new-generation commercial aircraft) and other EADS business units (together about two thirds of the volume) and, on the other hand, upstream research investigations in line with the EADS Corporate Research Centre activities (about one third).
The first projects will capitalise on Singaporean capabilities identified so far by EADS in the fields of secure communications and cryptography, aerodynamic flow control, high-performance computing (simulation, fluid dynamics), wireless communication between sensors and biometric technologies for homeland security applications.
The SRTC will be a 100% EADS-owned Singaporean legal structure and will employ at least 20 Singaporean scientists after its first year of operation. A Board chaired by Denis Gardin, EADS VP Science & Technology Partnerships, will manage the Centre. The Chief Operating Officer will be Dr. Ulrich Schnaut, who has been in charge of preparation to set up the SRTC. The SRTC will operate with a budget of several million Singapore dollars per year.
“Our major achievements in the Asia Pacific area in the civil and military aviation business are direct results of our partnership and investment strategy in the region during the last 10 years”, said Christian Duhain, head of EADS International, the corporate marketing organisation of EADS. “We will continue this policy, because Asia Pacific is one of the key growth regions for EADS. In the next five years, we'll see the Asia Pacific share of our turnover reaching 20 percent and by 2015 we expect 30 percent portion of our sales to come from Asia Pacific.”
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of EUR 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.