- SPECIAL REPORTS
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Boeing may now proceed with development of almost 500 acres near its assembly plant here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the aerospace company’s plans to offset the loss of wetlands at the site by preserving nearly 4,000 acres near the Francis Marion National Forest northeast of Charleston.
EVERETT, WA—Boeing may deploy robots on its airplane assembly lines as early as next year. The company has been testing its Fuselage Automated Upright Build technology in secret over the past year and has found success drilling rivet holes on 777 fuselages. Boeing believes the FAUB will improve workplace safety and production speed.
SEATTLE—A Chinese citizen was charged with plotting to steal data from U.S. defense contractors, including a successful hack of Boeing’s computer system, amid an expanding crackdown on industrial espionage by China.
SHANGHAI—Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has opened a cavernous assembly plant near the airport here that will soon produce a rival to the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320.
RIVULET, MT—Boeing Co. has sent technicians to the site of a train derailment here that dumped six 737 fuselages and other aircraft components into a Montana river as they were being transported to a Washington state assembly plant.
Oakland University is located a few minutes away from Chrysler’s corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. So, it’s appropriate that the school is home to the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI), the only facility of its kind in the world.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Boeing has awarded bonuses to workers at its assembly plant here for catching up to production targets.
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Engineers at MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a new ultrastiff, ultralight material. Based on repeating microscopic units, the material has record-breaking stiffness at low density.
MOBILE, AL—Airbus Americas is seeking aircraft quality conformance specialists for its assembly plant under construction here.
CHICAGO—Boeing Co. has won a $7.4 billion order for 80 737 jets from China Eastern Airlines Corp.—the aerospace giant’s largest order ever.