<b>BOEING PROJECTS $700 BILLION NORTH AMERICAN COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE MARKET</b> MONTREAL—Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of about 7,200 new airplanes during the next 20 years at an investment of $700 billion. New airplane deliveries in Canada and the United States will be driven largely by the need to retire older, less fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes and regional jets, as airlines replace them with new-generation, more fuelefficient models. “North America is a large, mature market, and we expect passenger traffic for the region to grow at a modest rate of 3.4%,” says Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, who released Boeing’s 2010 North America market outlook in Montreal. “The fast-paced lifestyles in Canada and the U. S. require rapid, frequent and reliable coast-to-coast and interregional transportation. Driven by this demand, nearly three-quarters of the new deliveries over the next 20 years will be single-aisle airplanes.” Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,590 airplanes today to about 9,000 airplanes by 2029. Boeing forecasts that single-aisle airplanes will grow from 56% of the total North America fleet today to 71% of the fleet by 2029. Airlines are increasingly focusing on airplane age as fuel-thirsty, older airplanes weigh increasingly on earnings. Increased attention to aviation’s impact on global climate change also will be a factor in selecting airplanes that produce lower carbon emissions. Newer airplane types such as the Next-Generation 737 offer significant advantages in environmental performance as well as improved capabilities, fuel efficiency and maintenance costs. “After several years of losses among the region’s air carriers, we’re seeing signs of improvement and airlines are beginning to implement fleet renewal plans as they look to the future,” Tinseth says. “To help meet this demand, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will continue to work closely with our more than 500 suppliers and partners in Canada. Boeing imports parts and services from Canada amounting to more than a billion U.S. dollars a year, more than $625 million of which is associated with Boeing Commercial Airplanes.” Twin-aisle fleets will evolve in the region as airlines continue to expand international point-to-point services to a wider range of airport pairs and frequencies. Small- and mid-sized twin-aisle airplanes will grow to represent 19% of the North America fleet by 2029. Within the North America market, Boeing sees a demand for 1,180 new, efficient twin-aisle airplanes such as the 787 Dreamliner. Twin-aisles will account for only 16% of total airplane demand in the region over 20 years but will have a proportionally higher share of delivery cost, at 37% of the overall investment. Large airplanes will not see significant demand in North America, with only about 40 units (all freighters), or 1% of the total investment. Boeing also forecasts declining demand for regional jets in North America as airlines shift to more fuelefficient turboprops or larger jetliner models. High fuel prices, intensified competition and the superior efficiencies of larger single-aisles will take a toll on the economics of small regional jets. This category will account for just 4% of the total investment for new airplanes, with only 800 new regional jet deliveries over the next 20 years, nearly all for replacement. <b>CARESTREAM HEALTH NAMED MARKET LEADER</b> ROCHESTER, NY—Carestream Health has been named a leader in imaging based on its strategy for digital radiography and imaging informatics. The accolade came from industry analysts Frost & Sullivan, who say Carestream Health has gained share over its competitors by being quicker, as well as more effective, flexible and proactive in adapting to the changing radiology and healthcare IT landscape. Carestream NDT—which is a division of Carestream Health—says it leverages breakthrough imaging technology and adapts it for use specifically in the NDT space, such as the recently launched HPX-1 Computed Radiography. <b>LEAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE FOUNDER TO STEP DOWN</b> Cambridge, MA—The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) announced a CEO succession plan in which James P. Womack, Ph.D., founder, chairman and CEO, will step down. Womack, who led the MIT research team that coined the term “lean production,” founded LEI in 1997 to advance lean principles around the world and in all types of businesses. LEI Senior Advisor John Y. Shook will become CEO and chairman of the board of directors. The management transition concludes a two-year process of succession planning. Shook will build on LEI’s accomplishments of the past year, including: • Launching the Healthcare Value Leaders Network, a nonprofit partnership with the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value to fundamentally improve healthcare through lean thinking. • Publishing two new books: On the Mend on the application of lean concepts to healthcare delivery and Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream on how to apply lean concepts to logistics. • Organizing two popular conferences: the Lean Transformation Summit and Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit. • Introducing the Transformational Leadership Program and several new workshops, including programs for executives and senior managers. <b>MEP AWARDS GRANT TO SUPPORT GREEN BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES</b> GAITHERSBURG, MD—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has award- Ed a grant of $1.5 million over three years to the Delaware Valley Industrial Resources Center (DVIRC) and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP), the MEP affiliate centers in Philadelphia and New Jersey, to encourage expanded manufacturing of energy-efficient building technologies. The grant complements a larger U.S. Department of Energy project that provides up to $122 million to the Pennsylvania State University for an Energy Innovation Hub. To be located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Clean Energy campus, the Hub will focus on developing energy-efficient building designs that will save energy, cut pollution, and position the United States as a leader in this industry. According to MEP, this project represents the first time that federal, state, and local public and private resources will be pooled to create a formal applied research/manufacturing cluster that spans from the lab bench, through production to implementation. DVIRC’s and NJMEP’s role will be to connect manufacturers, specifically small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs), to the project at all levels, including R&D, design and testing of new products, materials, technologies, and systems, and, more importantly, commercializing those opportunities for business growth and job creation. <b>MINITAB LISTED AMONG 25 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR</b> STATE COLLEGE, PA—Minitab Inc., developer of statistical and process improvement software, has been named to the list of the 25 Best Companies to Work for in America in the small business category. This annual list, now in its sixth year, ranks the top 25 small- and medium-sized companies in America that use smart people-management strategies to develop successful organizations with highly productive and satisfied workforces. The list was announced before an audience of more than 15,000 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 61st Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans. Honorees were selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) based on a randomly distributed employee opinion survey. Each Company was given a score based on employees’ responses to a detailed questionnaire about the organization’s workplace cultures. “All of us at Minitab are both gratified and humbled to be selected for this honor out of all of the outstanding companies that were considered,” says Todd Hershbine, Minitab’s human resources and administrative services executive. “From our earliest days, Minitab’s philosophy has been that when you combine challenging and meaningful work with a supportive environment, people succeed and thrive. “Our success in the market over the years is a testament to the passion and dedication of our employees. This award is a confirmation and validation of Minitab’s employee-focused corporate culture—a culture we plan to preserve and evolve,” says Hershbine. <b>BUSINESS NEWS</b> <b>Neotys </b>(Merrimack, NH) has made SysTest Labs (Denver, CO) the newest member of its growing partner program. NeoLoad will become a part of SysTest Labs’ testing services, including the recently launched Partner in Quality program. <b>MoreSteam.com,</b> the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma (LSS) training and Blended Learning support technologies, reports a quadrupling of enrollments for its Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt Certifi cation programs. Since June, MoreSteam has witnessed an overwhelmingly positive response from individuals seeking Belt certifi cation that adheres to the rigorous third-party standards established by the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at The Ohio State University (OSU). The calibration laboratory of <b>Land Instruments International</b> (Dronfi eld, England), celebrated its 40th anniversary on July 23. The laboratory was established In 1970 to satisfy customer requirements for accurate temperature calibration and is the fi rst thermal measurement laboratory to receive British Calibration Service certifi cation. <b>Fabrinet </b>(Bangkok) has achieved AS 9100 international aerospace quality system standard certifi cation for its Bangkok manufacturing facilities. The company has also upgraded its ISO 9001 certifi cation to ISO 9001: 2008. <b>Pilgrim Software Inc.</b> (Tampa, FL) has formed a strategic partnership with Global Regulatory Services (GRS, Cambridgeshire, England). In conjunction with GRS’ consulting services, Pilgrim will deliver its automated solutions for risk management, regulatory compliance and operational and product quality. <b>PEOPLE NEWS</b> <b>Michael Metzger</b> has been appointed vice president of aftermarket services of Optical Gaging Products (Rochester, NY). Metzger spent 19 years at Nikon Metrology Inc., most recently as a general manager. Prior to his time at Nikon he was employed at Leica Corp. <b> David Marks </b>has been appointed CEO of Qioptiq (Luxembourg, Germany). The company says its defense and aerospace division has grown continuously profi table under Marks’ supervision since 2005, when it was formed. <b>Tim Sante</b>has been appointed sales manager of ATS Engineering’s (Plymouth, MI) North American division. In his new role, Sante will direct commercial product development. He brings more than 25 years of sales and management experience to the role.
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