Boeing and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy (MEA&CP) signed an industrial cooperation commitment on March 4th 2019 for the upcoming Royal Netherlands Air Force AH-64 Apache Upgrade Program.
Boeing partnered with the MEA&CP to develop tailored industrial participation plans that meet the Ministry’s unique goals and objectives, as emphasized in the Defense Industry Strategy (DIS), including targeted work for small and medium enterprises through collaboration on research and development projects. Areas new to the DIS were shared by various companies, emphasizing new materials and innovative approaches to military and national security benefits which provide an increase to the Dutch defense industrial and technological base.
”This commitment is the latest demonstration of Boeing’s unique approach to forging solid industrial partnerships in the Netherlands that benefit the local economy, and growth areas within Boeing and our supply chain,” said Maria Laine, vice president, International Strategic Partnerships for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “The Netherlands remains a critically important country for Boeing to partner with and we are committed to bringing the best of Boeing to Netherlands industry, and the best of Netherlands industry back into Boeing.”
Throughout the past 25 years, Boeing’s contribution to the Dutch economy through industrial participation exceeded $3 billion USD. In addition, continuous investment in small and medium enterprises and research and development partnerships with local companies surpassed 600 million USD.
"Dutch companies and R&D institutions are going to collaborate more intensively with aerospace company Boeing. The parties thus contribute to innovation, supply, production and maintenance of defense equipment. With this industrial participation, our national security will be better protected and the necessary technological base will be strengthened, "says State Secretary Mona Keijzer of EZK.
“We are proud of and thankful for our long-standing partnership with the Netherlands for more than 80 years,” said Tineke Bakker - van der Veen, Managing Director, Boeing Benelux and Nordics. “Strong continuous collaboration with the Dutch government and talented local industry partners is key to success. It’s exciting to see that the future of innovative industrial partnerships is built here in the Netherlands.”