New Boeing Avionics Facility to Enhance ROKAF Readiness, Affordability
(Source: Boeing Co.; issued May 28, 2015)
YEONGCHEON, South Korea --- Boeing today formally opened a new avionics maintenance and repair center in the Yeongcheon Industry District of Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone. The 10,000 square-foot facility will test and repair aircraft electrical systems, reducing repair times and yielding significant inventory cost savings for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).

The new facility underlines both Boeing’s growing role as a global enterprise and its participation in the growth of the domestic Korean aerospace sector.

“This facility will enhance readiness of the ROKAF’s F-15K fleet by allowing rapid, affordable in-country support of the aircraft’s advanced systems,” said Leanne Caret, president for Boeing’s Global Services & Support. “There is also tremendous potential to expand work performed at this facility, by serving other global customers and supporting a variety of weapon systems.”

In 2014, Boeing spent more than $460 million with Korean companies, creating and sustaining thousands of hi-tech jobs and maintaining Korea’s position within the top quartile of nations with which Boeing does business. About 25 Korean companies provided products and services for Boeing production and sustainment programs, research and development and a broad range of internal services supporting Boeing operations.

“Beyond its technology and employment benefits, our new avionics facility in Yeongcheon supports enhanced defense readiness for Korea, particularly the Republic of Korea Air Force,” said Eric John, president, Boeing Korea. “Through our own research and development and the work of local industry partners and suppliers, we’re demonstrating that the Korean civil and defense markets are just as important to Boeing’s second century as they have been in the first.”

Boeing operates facilities across the country in Seoul, Busan, Gimpo, Seosan, Daegu and Sacheon.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide.

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$1.2Bn Tanker Contract May Hinge On Boeing Sending More Manufacturing to Korea (excerpt)
(Source: Puget Sound Business Journal; published May 28, 2015)
Korea might be ready to buy some Boeing (NYSE: BA) military planes. But in return, Korean aerospace contractors want in on the aerospace manufacturing action.

Korean Consul General Moon Duk-ho said during a Thursday conference at Joint Base Lewis McChord just south of Tacoma that his country is considering an estimated $1.2 billion Boeing tanker purchase in June.

But if Boeing wants to win that contract, the country wants the company to send some of its manufacturing work there as well.

During a panel on overseas military sales, Moon said he’s happy that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will visit Korea for the first time from Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.

But he isn’t so happy about the amount of work Boeing and other aerospace companies have sent to his country, versus the amount sent to Japan.

Japanese companies are traditionally major supplies to Boeing. For example, the 787 Dreamliner's wings are made there. Foreign governments often require work from Boeing and other major U.S. companies in return for contracts, conditions called "offsets."

“In my mind, your offsets provided to South Korea have been very much limited,” he said. “You have very good cooperation in Japan, for instance. Why not Korean companies?” (end of excerpt)


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