EADS AND CANADA: A COOPERATION BUILT ON TECHNOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE

30 May 2012

EADS is actively pursuing the expansion of its research and technology cooperation with Canada, building on successful relationships that have evolved from the 2008 agreement signed by EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti with the National Research Council Canada (NRC).

Joint efforts already concluded, or currently underway, cover such areas as aerostructures, composite materials, metallic joining technologies, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring. The successful cooperation is being highlighted at this week’s CANSEC defence exhibition in Ottawa, where EADS is having its largest presence at the annual event.

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EADS Innovation Works’ Claudio Dalle Donne is attending the CANSEC exhibition in Ottawa and also will be visiting the National Research Council Canada this week.

“When we look for international partners, our focus is on technological excellence; and EADS clearly finds such excellence with the NRC in Canada,” explained Claudio Dalle Donne, who heads the metallic technologies and surface engineering activities at EADS Innovation Works – the company’s research and technology organisation.

Among the leading-edge cooperative efforts cited as examples by Dalle Donne include the solid-state friction-stir welding technique and the Additive Layer Manufacturing production process.

As part of EADS’ outreach for future cooperation, Dalle Donne will be visiting the NRC after the CANSEC exhibition, which follows a series of meetings earlier this year in Canada with Yann Barbaux, the head of EADS Innovation Works.