EADS establishes the EADS Competence Centre of Qatar in Qatar Science & Technology Park

Published February 27th, 2006 - 12:39 GMT

European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), a global leader in aerospace and defence services, signed an agreement today to establish a centre for training, research and development at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP): the EADS Competence Centre of Qatar (EADS QCC).  The signing ceremony between Daniel Deviller, EADS Chief Technology Officer and Dr Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive, Qatar Science & Technology Park took place in Doha.
EADS QCC will deliver training and certification programmes for non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies, and internationally-accredited training courses in aircraft maintenance.  It will also focus on research and development programmes in cooperation with universities in Qatar.
EADS QCC marks EADS’s first establishment of a presence in Qatar. It will contribute to the availability of technicians and testing facilities in the aviation and petroleum industries, both of which are growing at an unprecedented rate in the Middle East.
“EADS and the State of Qatar have a long-lasting and trustful relationship.  Our cooperation is materialized with the establishment of our Competence Centre.  We are today very proud to invest in such a challenging project and to work hand in hand with our Qatari partners,” said Deviller.
Dr Roberts stated “We warmly welcome the EADS Competence Centre of Qatar.  EADS is a world leader in aerospace technology.  To set up a training and research centre in Qatar shows the growing importance of state-of-the art technology to our economy.”
The announcement follows a previous memorandum of understanding by EADS to establish a presence at Qatar Science & Technology Park.  Since that point EADS has worked with Qatar’s government, industry and universities to determine which of its technologies to bring to the country.
Opening in mid 2007, and located in Doha at Qatar Science & Technology Park, EADS QCC will include 1000 square meters of laboratories, training rooms and offices.  The facility will include a radiography room and a magnetic test bench capable of inspecting pieces up to 500 kg.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo
Qatar Science & Technology Park is a research and commercialisation hub designed to spur the growth of Qatar’s knowledge economy.  It provides an attractive location for companies from around the world to develop and commercialise their technology, and a business incubator to help entrepreneurs launch new technology ventures.  As part of the renowned Qatar Foundation, the science park connects its tenants with neighbouring campuses of universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Texas A&M and Weill Cornell.  Qatar Science & Technology Park is a free-trade zone, allowing its tenants to be wholly foreign owned and free from tax.  Its current tenants include EADS, ExxonMobil, Gartner Lee, GE, Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Total.



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