Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita State ink collaboration agreement

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] and Wichita State University (WSU) has announced a new collaboration agreement to accelerate the company´s research and development objectives and improve workforce training services, the company said.

The agreement establishes an innovative relationship for Spirit with WSU through the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and the WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech). Three areas of strategic focus will include: joint strategic research projects, applied learning opportunities for WSU students and improved workforce training services to meet the growing demands of the aerospace industry.

As part of the agreement, Spirit plans to lease space in the Partnership Building 2 on WSU´s Innovation Campus in Wichita to facilitate enhanced cooperation with the university on projects such as advanced composites R&D, rapid prototyping, product development and testing, and additive manufacturing and design.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the US, UK, France and Malaysia. The company´s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world´s premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe. More information is available at www.spiritaero.com.