Boe­ing to give lo­ca­tion of China site soon

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHU WENQIAN in Bei­jing zhuwen­qian@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Boe­ing Co will re­veal the lo­ca­tion of its first over­seas B737 com­ple­tion cen­ter in China by the end of the year, as it ex­pands its in­dus­trial foot­print in the world’s fastest grow­ing avi­a­tion mar­ket, the US air­craft man­u­fac­turer said on Tues­day.

Zhoushan, in Zhe­jiang prov­ince near Shang­hai, sent its plan for the Boe­ing fa­cil­ity to the State Coun­cil after pre­par­ing for the pro­gram for more than two years, Shang­hai Se­cu­ri­ties News re­ported. Other cities in­clud­ing Shenyang in Liaon­ing prov­ince and Xi’an in Shaanxi prov­ince, have also ex­pressed hope to host the new fa­cil­ity, with lo­cal govern­ment sup­port.

Boe­ing Co and Com­mer­cial Air­craft Corp of China, signed an agree­ment last Septem­ber to jointly es­tab­lish a Boe­ing 737 com­ple­tion cen­ter in China, after Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit in the Seat­tle area, home to the head­quar­ters of Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes. The cen­ter, which will be joint ven­ture of the two, will cover com­ple­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cabin in­stal­la­tion, paint­ing and flight test­ing.

“The cen­ter will de­liver 100 planes ev­ery year, and our team is ready for the work wher­ever the cen­ter is,” said Ian Chang, vice-pres­i­dent of Boe­ing Com­mer­cial Air­planes, re­spon­si­ble for China op­er­a­tions and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

“The growth po­ten­tial of the avi­a­tion mar­ket in China and the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion is huge, we may ex­pand the fa­cil­ity in the fu­ture, and man­u­fac­ture air­craft be­sides 737, to serve other Asian cus­tomers be­sides China.”

By 2018, Boe­ing plans to pro­duce 74 jets a month, jump­ing 70 per­cent com­pared to its pro­duc­tion of 44 com­mer­cial air­planes per month in 2011.

“The fa­cil­ity will help Boe­ing to in­crease its out­put of 737 air­craft, and sup­port the growth of China’s avi­a­tion mar­ket, where it is the largest for sin­gle-aisle air­planes,” Chang said.

“We will co­op­er­ate with more Chi­nese in­te­rior sup­pli­ers, and help them to raise their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­pe­tences, from raw ma­te­ri­als to assembly.”

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A Boe­ing em­ployee works on the nose of a 737 MAX air­plane on the pro­duc­tion line at the com­pany’s man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Ren­ton, Wash­ing­ton.

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