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18 Nov 10. To further enhance the group’s procurement activities in the U.S. and strengthen their relationships with U.S. suppliers, EADS North America and Airbus Americas are setting up a joint U.S. Sourcing Office, based at Airbus Americas’ headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. EADS and Airbus have already made a significant investment in their combined
U.S. supplier base, spending over $11 billion annually in the U.S., while supporting more than 200,000 American jobs. Airbus procurement from U.S.-based suppliers currently represents over 40 percent of its total global aircraft-related purchases. The new procurement office will facilitate closer contact with the group‘s existing supplier base as well as increasing their presence and facilitating new opportunities for additional procurement in the U.S. The team will be responsible for mapping out a U.S. sourcing strategy and implementing an active procurement marketing effort, as well as supplier screening, surveillance and development. The office is part of the Global Sourcing Network, an EADS-wide organization dedicated to promote the globalization of the EADS procurement activities, with offices already open in China and India. The decision follows through on the EADS Vision 2020 to expand the group’s international footprint, gaining access to new markets and technology resources, as well as value-for-cost and multi-currency-based sourcing.

Nov 10. Tods Defence have expanded their engineering design facilities, and are further developing their shop floor trainee programme at Portland, United Kingdom. The expansion has included the appointment of two additional technical CAD design personnel, working in Tods List X environment, and three composite manufacturing trainees. The two year operative training programme will develop a wide range of composite productive skills and techniques which will include high and low temperature pre-pregs, vacuum infusion techniques and the development of traditional laminating skills. Tods Defence, part of W & J Tod Limited, moved all of their specialist marine defence engineering team to the company’s Portland site in 2007 to enable them to establish a dedicated facility for the design, development and manufacture of acoustic enclosures for both surface ships and submarines. The company’s products are specified by more than twenty navies. Recent high profile projects have included Bow Sonar Domes for US Navy DDG Zumwalt destroyers, Royal Navy Type 45 surface ships and Astute submarines, the Royal Australian Navy Hobart Class and Spanish Navy S80 submarine programme.

22 Nov 10. GE Aviation will locate a new Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio. The proposed site is located in the Ohio Aerospace Hub of Innovation, enabling GE Aviation to participate as an initial launch partner of the Hub. The center will be a catalyst for new contracts and products resulting in job growth at the EPISCENTER and at GE locations such as Vandalia. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

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18 Nov 10. U.S. F-16 fighter jets and Hercules transport aircraft will be deployed in Poland on a rotating basis as of 2013, Poland’s Defence Minister Bogdan Klich said Nov. 18. “Poland has decided to accept the U.S. proposal of hosting rotations of F-16 and Hercules aircraft and their crews” on its territory, Klich told Poland’s TOK FM commercial radio station. “I hope this will begin in 2013,” he added.
The minister also announced that Poland and the three Baltic states in 2013 will host in an exercise of the NATO Response Force (NRF), a multinational contingen

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