The company’s office of Australian industry capability identified Melbourne-based Lovitt Technologies Australia and Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering for entrance into the P-8A Poseidon supply chain.
“Over the past four years, we have awarded more than $230 million (U.S.) in contracts for Australian industry,” said Ian Thomas, president of Boeing’s Australia and South Pacific business.
Ferra has worked with the OAIC on training and development for four years, said Mark Scherrer, a managing director at Ferra.
Jeff Trauberman, Boeing’s vice president for space, intelligence and missile defense systems, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz about the company’s pursuit of international collaboration in the C4ISR market (click here for more of his comments in his executive spotlight).
Lovitt Technologies will manufacture mission systems parts and assembly fabrications for the P-8 and Ferra Engineering will supply internal and external airframe parts and assemblies for P-8 flight and mission systems.
Lovitt Technologies also supplies parts for the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
Ferra manufactures spare parts for the Super Hornet program and Boeing’s commercial aviation services business.
In 2011, Boeing named Ferra its international supplier of the year.
Boeing’s OAIC mentors small- and medium-sized Australian companies in lean manufacturing, management systems, manufacturing, machining and business management.