Boeing (NYSE: BA) has moved to structure its research and technology unit around new technology research centers in five states.
The company will open the centers in Alabama, California, Missouri, South Carolina and Washington in an effort to combine technology development works and partner with universities, industry and government research centers, Boeing said Thursday.
Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, said the company intends for the realignment to help fulfill the requirements of Boeing’s customers in commercial airplanes, defense, space, security and government research and development.
“Our customers have a common need for new technology that can be integrated quickly and efficiently into current products and production lines, as well as enable new market-leading products and services, ” Hyslop said.
The new research centers will collaborate with international Boeing technology hubs in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Spain and Russia.
Huntsville, Ala. will host R&D work in simulation and decision analytics, metals and chemical technology.
Southern California is home to the company’s research work for flight sciences, electronics and networked systems and structures.
Finally, the company will conduct manufacturing technology integration work in Seattle.
Boeing intends to increase the R&T workforce by between 300 and 400 employees each in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina.