“Innovation” is the Farnborough Airshow’s keyword

10 July 2012

From EADS’ exhibit hall to an industry-sponsored pavilion on the aerospace industry’s future, innovation is clearly the theme at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.

EADS has its own stand-alone exhibit for the first time at Farnborough, and a key element is the display area of EADS Innovation Works – the company’s corporate research arm, which reports to the Corporate Technical Office.

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EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti is advancing the company’s innovation agenda during his presence at the Farnborough Airshow.

“The message once again is clear at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow: in today’s highly competitive world, the only way for companies such as EADS to stay ahead is through innovation,” explained EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti. “During meetings with our partners in the UK and from around the world, we are underscoring that EADS’ priorities for innovation continue to be in the areas of security, mobility and the environment.”

Advances in cyber security pursued by EADS – including the activities of EADS Innovation Works UK at Newport in Wales – will create new protection against a growing threat environment, Botti said, which is to continue in cooperation with such established partners as Wales’ Cardiff University.

He added that mobility also is a key area of EADS Innovation Works’ research, including its “Airport of the Future” project that takes an outside-of-the-box thinking approach to air transportation in the coming decades. “Look at how much time and effort is needed for a relatively simple airline trip from continental Europe to London to attend the Farnborough Airshow,” Botti said. “Much progress is required in optimising air travel, and what we are doing at EADS Innovation Works is attracting significant attention.”