14 September 2012

Boeing announces 600 new aerospace jobs for Victoria, Australia

14 September 2012 - Boeing Aerostructures Australia today announced the creation of more than 600 high quality jobs at its Melbourne plant over the past two years with up to 50 more to follow by the end of the year.

Boeing Aerostructures Australia is Australia's largest aerospace component manufacturing facility and the company's largest manufacturing footprint outside North America. The company’s Fishermans Bend plant in Melbourne plays an important part in Boeing's global supply chain by producing components for most of the aircraft in the Boeing commercial fleet. 

Importantly, Fishermans Bend is the sole location for the manufacturing of the moveable trailing wing edge for the 787 Dreamliner program, using carbon fibre production technology developed in Victoria.

This important contract is one of the most valuable and prestigious manufacturing export projects in the state. It represents the largest ever aerospace contract in Australia and is a vote of confidence in Victoria's advanced manufacturing capabilities, creating more than A$4 billion in exports to the state over the next 20 years.

Victoria is the leading State in Australia for the aerospace, aviation and defence industries. Its aerospace and aviation sectors now employ almost 20,000 people at up to 400 firms which account for around 40 per cent of the national aerospace output, and about 40 per cent of Australia's civil maintenance repair and overhaul activities.

The State's manufacturing sector is the single largest full-time employer with around 258,000 people employed in more than 25,000 businesses. It generates A$110 billion in economic activity, invests A$1.5 billion in research and development and is our leading exporter, worth A$15.3 billion last year. 

Source: InvestVictoria