Boeing's new N China factory gets green certification

Updated: 2011-05-12 17:39
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TIANJIN -- Boeing's recently expanded factory in Tianjin has been recognized for meeting environmentally-friendly standards set by two internationally-known organizations, said the general manager of Boeing Tianjin Composites.

The new facility, located in China's northern industrial city of Tianjin, has been recognized by the USGBC (US Green Building Council) and achieved a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its environmentally conscious construction,

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Gary A. Baker, general manager of Boeing Tianjin Composites Co Ltd, told Xinhua that the new facility improves environmental performance in various ways, including energy and water efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Boeing Tianjin Composites, a joint venture of Boeing and Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC), established its new factory next to an existing factory in the New Binhai Area of Tianjin on April 18.

Boeing invested $21 million into the new factory which produces components for all of Boeing's in-production programs, including 737, 747-8, 767, 777, 787 and Brazil-based Embraer CF34-10.

"As we grow, the growth of the Tianjin area--the infrastructure they support, the young, energetic workforce, the level of education--also provides great opportunities," said Baker, "Currently, we are producing 5,000 parts per month. That will be doubled by 2013."

Boeing has worked with China's aviation industry for nearly four decades and is the largest consumer of airplane parts made in China, with annual direct spending of more than $200 million in China on aviation hardware and services.

Boeing, Hexcel, Goodrich, FACC AG, Korean Aerospace Industries, Triumph Group, Boeing Aerostructures Australia, Shanghai Aviation Industry Corporation and Xi'an Aviation Industry Corporation are all customers of Boeing's Tianjin-based company.