Airbus creating R&D consortium in Ohio; group includes Zyvex

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Airbus creating R&D consortium in Ohio; group includes Zyvex

Columbus Business First – Airbus has established a new aerospace research and development consortium in the Dayton area that will include Columbus’ Zyvex Technologies.

On Friday, officials from the aerospace giant announced a five-year deal for the National Composite Center in Kettering to create a research and development consortium of Ohio aerospace suppliers, incubators, and universities to develop next-generation products for use in Airbus’ new fleet.

Ohio businesses will receive technical and financial support for developing and demonstrating new technologies to produce high-tech component parts. This supply chain will support and create jobs at Ohio manufacturers and expand research and development opportunities at Ohio colleges and universities.

Airbus has already committed to a $1 million deal with the composite center — the consortium manager — and can issue additional purchase orders over the five-year period of the agreement.

“Airbus’ intent is to double its procurement spend in the U.S. over the next few years, and there’s no reason Ohio companies can’t benefit from that,” said Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas. “The state has so much to offer, and we already have a growing and thriving partnership. I predict even more great things in the future.”

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