Boeing directly employs more than 4,000 people in 17 countries across Europe. The company has delivered 4,600 commercial aircraft to more than 130 European customers in the last six decades and Boeing’s advanced defence platforms are in service with 23 European armed forces.
The company is strengthening its presence by investing in new facilities and leading-edge research as well as through advancing educational, environmental and social programmes that support the European Union’s long-term goals. In 2017, Boeing announced its plan to open its first production facility in Europe. The new facility in Sheffield, UK, will manufacture high-tech components for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft.
In 2016, Boeing sourced more than €9 billion in airplane components and assemblies (including direct and significant indirect spend) from European based companies and hundreds of European suppliers participate in key Boeing commercial aviation, defence and services programmes.
Boeing established in 2002 a dedicated organization called Boeing Research & Technology-Europe that today comprises a team of over 50 highly qualified engineers and scientists in Germany (Munich), the United Kingdom (Sheffield) and Spain (Madrid). It serves as the hub of a larger Boeing research network and works with 20 research centres, 45 universities and more than 200 industry partners inside and outside of Europe.