WICHITA - Airbus has announced a partnership with Kansas suppliers, part of a deal to help grow the aviation industry in Kansas through added contacts with Airbus.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus will co-host the inaugural Air Capital Supplier Summit on August 6 at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita. The summit will help foster more business between Kansas companies and Airbus, and let suppliers meet one-on-one with representatives from Airbus and other suppliers.
Airbus built its first U.S.-based engineering center in Wichita 10 years ago; it now has more than 350 employees. Airbus chairman Allan McArtor says the company spent $12 billion for aircraft-related procurement with American companies last year, and looks for that spending to double within the next decade.
Currently, there are more than 450 companies in the aerospace industry in Kansas, accounting for more than 32,000 direct jobs.
Airbus already has contacts with many Kansas companies, including Alcoa (Hutchinson), and Spirit AeroSystems (Wichita).