Eurocopter and the NRC sign ten-year agreement
June 16, 2009, Paris, France - Eurocopter and the National Research Council Canada ( NRC) have signed a ten year agreement on research and technology cooperation.
|J.M. Billig, Executive Vice-President Research and Development, Eurocopter (Left) with Dr. Sherif A. Bakarat, Vice President, NRC Engineering|
June 16, 2009, Paris, France – Eurocopter and the National Research Council Canada ( NRC) have signed a ten year agreement on research and technology cooperation. This new agreement is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between EADS, Eurocopter’s parent company, and the NRC. EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology organisation, signed this framework agreement on behalf of the entire EADS Group in June 2008 in Canada. Airbus signed a similar agreement in July 2008.
A spectrum of technical subjects will be covered by the Eurocopter-NRC agreement, ranging from manufacturing technologies to flight tests for environmental investigations. In particular, Eurocopter and the NRC will actively encourage the participation of Canadian supplier partners in the cooperation helping to maintain and develop the Canadian aeronautical industry’s technology base and competitiveness.
“Canada is one of the major aeronautics nations in the world, so it is only natural that Eurocopter and the NRC should want to cooperate. We look forward to working together, especially through our local subsidiary, Eurocopter Canada Limited, which has grown extensively over the past years. This new agreement will upgrade the status of our relationship to a formal program with an enhanced spectrum of research work to increase the eco-efficiency of modern helicopters even further”, said Yves Favennec, Vice President Research and Innovation of Eurocopter, and Marie-Agnès Vève, CEO of Eurocopter Canada.
“This agreement builds on 20 years of research collaboration between NRC and EADS, and is another step forward in a successful partnership,” says NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe. “Together, we will continue to develop new technology in the lab and transfer it to the marketplace, which will strengthen Canada’s innovation system, benefit Canada’s aerospace supply chain, and contribute to a healthy aerospace industry in Canada.”