Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) centre.
The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their cooperation agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
"We are excited to open our latest global research and technology centre here in Japan," said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and executive vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology.
"Working with terrific partners like METI, the new center will expand upon Boeing-wide initiatives in sustainable fuels and electrification, and explore the intersection of digitalisation, automation and high-performance aerospace composites for greater sustainability in our future products and production systems."
The BR&T – Japan Research Centre will be located in Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing's major industrial partners and suppliers.
Boeing is fully committed to supporting Japan's SAF industry and has been accepted as the latest member of ACT FOR SKY, a voluntary organisation of 16 companies that works to commercialise, promote and expand the use of SAF produced in Japan.
It was founded by Boeing airline customers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), along with global engineering company JGC Holdings Corporation, and biofuel producer Revo International.
Masahiro Aika, representative of ACT FOR SKY, said: "ACT FOR SKY welcomes the participation of Boeing. We look forward to Boeing collaborating with the other members to "ACT" for the commercialisation, promotion and expansion of SAF in Japan."
Boeing chief sustainability officer Chris Raymond added: "To ensure the enormous societal benefits of aviation remain available for generations to come, we must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry's commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are humbled to join ACT FOR SKY and collaborate with other members to share global best practices and help with the scale up and demand of SAF in Japan.”
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