Boeing and Japan's three major aerospace companies have signed an agreement with a Japanese university to jointly research and develop manufacturing technology.
The agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Fuji Heavy Industries and the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) was inked on Friday.
The initial research will focus on developing machining and drilling process technology for titanium, aluminium and composite materials.
Boeing says that the agreement is for five years, although the financial and management details have not been finalised. The partners will be applying for government grants to fund the research.
The IIS and the industrial members will develop a detailed research agenda, with the IIS team leading development work, adds Boeing.