Boeing and Japanese Industry Agree on 777X

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Tokyo, July 23, 2015: Boeing and key Japanese partners signed a formal agreement for significant work on Boeing’s new 777X airplane. The agreement finalizes last year’s announcement by Boeing, Japan Aircraft Industries (JAI) and Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC) of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide approximately 21 percent of the major airplane structure components for the 777X. The contract includes fuselage sections; center wing sections; pressure bulkhead; main landing gear wells; passenger, cargo and main landing gear doors; wing components and wing-body fairings.

JAI consists of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), ShinMaywa Industries (SMIC) and NIPPI Corporation (NIPPI). JADC is a non-profit foundation established to enhance the competitiveness of the Japanese aircraft industry.

“Our Japanese industry partners have consistently performed to the highest standards and contributed enormously to the resounding success of the current 777,” said Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager, Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “In working with us on the affordability goals of the 777X, they have modeled the kind of partnership and commitment needed to serve our customers and the changing demands of the marketplace.”

Boeing has partnered with Japanese aerospace companies for nearly five decades to develop and manufacture the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787 Dreamliner, and now the 777X.

“The signing of this contract is an important milestone for JADC and JAI,” said Shigeru Murayama, JADC Chairman and president of KHI. “The JAI companies are investing in new facilities and introducing robotic and other automated systems to ensure they deliver high-quality products on time every time. This is a measure of their commitment to the success of the 777X.”

In 2014, Boeing purchased more than $5 billion of goods and services in Japan, supporting tens of thousands of aerospace jobs. With this agreement in place, the company expects to purchase a total of approximately $36 billion of goods and services from Japan between 2014 and the end of the decade.

“This agreement with our Japanese partners extends this important and strategic relationship for decades to come,” said George Maffeo, president, Boeing Japan. “Since announcing our MOA last year, we have already seen their considerable investment in new cutting-edge facilities to produce the 777X and meet rate increases on other Boeing airplane programs. We thank them for their partnership as we continue to shape the future of the global aerospace industry together.”

“We Japanese aerospace manufacturers first began working with Boeing on the 747SP.  In the ensuing 50 years we have collaborated on every Boeing commercial airplane program and built a relationship that goes beyond that of a mere supplier,” said Kiyotaka Ichimaru, JADC senior managing director. “This contract for the 777X program will strengthen our relationship even further and take us into a future of continued airplane development and production – together.”

Building on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777 family of airplanes, the 777X family includes the 777-8X and the 777-9X, both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences. The 777X program currently has 306 firm orders from six customers. Production is set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2020.

Source: Boeing

BIO-Award for LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren Receives

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Montreal, July 22, 2015: At the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Congress in Montreal today,  Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer of the innovative carbon recycling company LanzaTech, was awarded the 2015 BIO Rosalind Franklin Award. The Rosalind Franklin Award was established by BIO to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology.

”To be honored in this way is incredibly humbling for me,” said Dr. Holmgren. “Throughout my career, I’ve been surrounded by teams, partners and investors who believe we can challenge the status quo and create an energy future that isn’t at odds with society or the environment. It is through that shared vision and collective wisdom that we are able to use industrial biotechnology to move forward on a path to the sustainable and equitable energy future our planet deserves.”

“Much like Rosalind Franklin, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren has always been motivated by achieving things that others said could not be done. Her drive knows no barriers,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president for BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “BIO is pleased to honor Dr. Holmgren for her accomplishments in the field of industrial biotechnology. We are looking forward to her delivering what is anticipated to be inspiring remarks during BIO’s World Congress.”

“The Rosalind Franklin Society is committed to advancing women’s careers in the life sciences in academia and industry. BIO’s establishment of the Rosalind Franklin Award attests to the importance of opportunities that are rich with potential and achievement in the field of industrial biotechnology,” said Mary Ann Liebert, president of the company that bears her name.  The Rosalind Franklin Society was founded by Ms. Liebert in 2009.       

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishes Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN); Industrial Biotechnology; and 80 peer reviewed journals. “Dr. Holmgren exemplifies the goals of this honorific society, and we applaud her significant recognition,” said Ms. Liebert.

Rosalind Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Her work was published alongside but not recognized as a contributing factor to Francis Crick’s and James Watson’s model of the structure of DNA. BIO’s 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award is sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society.

A special selection committee chose Dr. Jennifer Holmgren for her commitment to the advancement of the field of industrial biotechnology.

Dr Holmgren’s team, recent recipients of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Award for greener synthetic pathways, has defined the genetic blueprint of gas fermenting organisms and demonstrated in the laboratory that they can be engineered to produce a range of novel, commercially valuable molecules. LanzaTech’s work is a cornerstone for the development of an entire industry that uses gas fermentation to convert a variety of wastes or low value resources into a diverse spectrum of low carbon fuels and chemicals.  LanzaTech’s technology for producing fuel ethanol from steel mill off gases is ready for commercial deployment today, with facilities targeted in Europe with world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal and in Taiwan with China Steel.

Virgin Atlantic is among the first customers to use Lanza Tech’s new fuel on its routes from  Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow.

Source: Lanza Tech, Virgin Atlantic

Lufthansa publishes its 21st ‘Balance’-Report

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Frankfurt, July 20, 2015: In order to make travelling an even more efficient, sustainable and attractive experience for its passengers, the Lufthansa Group is increasing its focus on networked innovation management and invests 500 million euros in innovations by 2020. The Group’s Sustainability Report, “Balance”, which was presented today, therefore places particularly high value on the topic of “Innovation – the key to a successful future”. A special section of the report provides a detailed insight into the huge importance of innovation management at the world’s largest aviation company. “Innovation and Digitalization” is one of seven central fields of activity of the strategic work program “7to1 – Our way forward”, which was launched by the Group in the year 2014.

“After safety it is future viability that has the highest priority for us. With our new work program, we have created the basis for a sustainable improvement of results and a successful evolution of the Lufthansa Group. With this program, we also set the course for an even more climate-compatible form of air transport”, explains Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, in the foreword to the report.

With its current Sustainability Report, “Balance”, the Lufthansa Group provides readers with transparent information on its wide range of activities, goals and advances in the areas of business, social responsibility, environment, product and corporate citizenship. The publication, which covers a total of 116 pages, is available now as an e-paper on the website


The passenger fleets of the Lufthansa Group achieve a new fuel efficiency record

In 2014, the aircraft in the Group’s passenger fleets consumed an average of just 3.84 litres of kerosene (2013: 3.91l/100pkm) per passenger transported over a distance of 100 kilometers. This is a new efficiency record and represents an improvement of 1.6 percent compared to last year. The Company’s fuel efficiency experts have now developed more than 1,300 ideas and projects for fuel savings to date. In 2014, the year of the report, alone, the group implemented 145 projects in this area. In connection with the most comprehensive fleet modernization in the history of the Lufthansa Group, which will receive 272 modern and fuel-efficient aircraft between 2015 and 2025, a further reduction in the Group’s specific kerosene consumption is now already foreseeable.


Commitment to active noise protection and climate research

In the reporting year, the Company also extended its commitment in the field of active noise protection. Since November 2014, Lufthansa has been the first airline in the world to equip its Airbus A319, A320 and A321 short and medium-haul aircraft with noise-reducing components on the underside of the wings. A total of more than 200 Lufthansa jets can therefore now fly much more quietly, which is a particular relief for residents living close to airports. On top of this, Lufthansa has also extended its commitment in the climate research project IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System) and fitted a second aircraft with a climate research laboratory. This aircraft now gathers data on atmospheric trace elements and cloud particles at cruising altitude on all of its flights. These data are then used by numerous research facilities worldwide. At the beginning of 2015, the Lufthansa Group was presented with the renowned “Eco-Airline of the Year” award from the American trade magazine Air Transport World for its pioneering role in the field of climate protection for an impressive second time in three years.


A new orientation for corporate citizenship

In 2014, the Group also introduced new processes and tools in the field of human resources, including a new talent management system. Identifying internal and external talents at an early stage is an essential factor for corporate success. Supporting talents will additionally become a stronger focus within the group as one of the central tasks of its executive staff in the future. In another development in the reporting year, the Lufthansa Group signed the “Diversity Charter”, a corporate initiative aiming to promote diversity in companies and institutions. By signing this charter, Lufthansa has yet again underlined the diversity in the corporate culture of the globally operating aviation company, which employs around 119,000 members of staff representing 143 different nationalities.

The Lufthansa Group is additionally taking more responsibility for social matters. At the beginning of 2015, the Company introduced the reorientation of its corporate citizenship activities under the name “Lufthansa Group Social Care”. The Group aims to put an even stronger focus on social and humanitarian projects to significantly increase its performance in this important area.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa AG

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