EADS and Airbus set up joint US sourcing office

EADS North America and Airbus Americas are setting up a joint US sourcing office, based at Airbus Americas’ headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.

The office has been set up to improve the group’s procurement activities in the US and strengthen its relationships with suppliers there.

According to a statement, EADS and Airbus have already made a significant investment in their combined US supplier base, spending more than $11bn (£6.9bn) annually, while supporting over 200,000 American jobs.

Airbus procurement from US-based suppliers currently represents more than 40 per cent of its total global aircraft-related purchases.