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International cooperation and supply chain management of aircraft programs examined at aviation week`s Toulouse symposium

Discussions by International Teams Building the Airbus A380, Boeing 7E7, and Airbus A400M Keynote Addresses by…

Discussions by International Teams Building the Airbus A380, Boeing 7E7, and Airbus A400M Keynote Addresses by Noel Forgeard, Airbus President & CEO International cooperation and its effect on supply chain management of large, new aircraft programs will highlight some of the discussion at Aviation Week`s Toulouse Symposium, March 10-11, 2004 at the Pierre Baudis Toulouse Congress Center.



The Toulouse Symposium is an executive-level event bringing together aerospace and aviation leaders to discuss new ideas to bring about greater international cooperation and to solve existing challenges facing major programs. Among the many sessions covering the aerospace, space and aviation industry, special emphasis will be given to the global development of major aircraft programs:



  • Countdown to the Airbus A380`s First Flight. With its first flight just a year away, this session will look at how the A380 is coming together and a judgement of how the supply chain is performing. – Creating the Boeing 7E7 Industry Team. When launched, the 7E7 will be a much different aircraft from the supply chain point of view. This session will look at the decisions that will shape the 7E7 industrial team and examine how Boeing expects to manage the worldwide supplier network.



  • The Airbus A400M: Creating an International Supplier Team in an Airbus/EADS-Managed program. The A400M will be one of the key military aviation efforts for the next decade. This session will provide an end-to-end look at the supply chain — including the concerted effort to include US content on the aircraft — to the armament agencies/military forces that will accept and use the aircraft. In addition, Airbus President & CEO Noel Forgeard will deliver a keynote address on the company`s future with a focus on enterprise-wide quality. Panelists addressing aircraft issues include Frank Bloomfield, UK Regional Manager, Parker Aerospace, Europe; John N. Freen, Vice President 7E7 Program, Sales, Marketing and In-Service Support, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Jean-Michel Billig, A400M Program Manager, Airbus; Dennis Burnett, Vice President



  • Trade and Export Controls, EADS, NA; and Adolfo Revuelta, Head of A400M Programme, Airbus. The extensive global supply chains for new aircraft programs demand cross-cultural teaming among hundreds of companies and thousand of people in order to succeed, said Aviation Week Executive Vice President/Publisher Kenneth E. Gazzola. This Symposium will highlight the successes so they may replicated, and open discussions for solutions to potential problem areas. The goal is to create a forum for promoting ideas and action that will strengthen industry relationships across the Atlantic and around the world.



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