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Maserati signs an agreement with Airbus for technology

December 1, 2014
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Maserati has inked a deal with Airbus Group Innovations, the R&D hub of the Airbus Group, a leading company aeronautics, space and related services. The agreement, which was concluded at Maserati’s Modena headquarters, enables Maserati to access and review in-depth the Airbus Group Innovations’ portfolio including manufacturing processes, production methods, metallics and composites expertise, systems integration and other know-how.

Maserati can get insight of technology used in airliners, helicopters and fast jets to spacecraft and implement them in their future vehicles with adaptive research and development. As a benefit of this multi-year technology transfer framework, the Italian automaker can access Airbus Group Innovations’ technologies and use them under license to apply them them to its product lines.

More information on the partnership is available in the press release below.

Maserati signs an agreement to access Airbus Group Innovations technology portfolio – Press Release

Maserati and Airbus Group Innovations

Today, luxury automobile manufacturer Maserati signed a master agreement providing access to technologies from Airbus Group Innovations, the R&D hub of the Airbus Group – a leader in aeronautics, space and related services.

Concluded at Maserati’s Modena headquarters, this agreement enables the company to make in-depth reviews of Airbus Group Innovations’ broad portfolio that covers manufacturing processes, production methods, metallics and composites expertise, systems integration and other know-how.

“By evaluating this broad spectrum of technologies, Maserati can benefit from Airbus Group capabilities exploited in several applications, such as airliners, helicopters and fast jets to spacecraft that are exploring the universe,” said Harald Wester, Chief Executive Officer of Maserati, and Chief Technology Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

“We developed the Technology Transfer Framework with industry leaders such as Maserati in mind, and it is being selectively offered to a limited number of potential partners,” explained Wulf Hoeflich, the Head of Airbus Group Technology Licensing. “Maserati is perfect for an agreement of this type, as the company is a benchmark in high-end automobiles, while having production volume that is flexible enough to implement new technologies.”

Hoeflich noted that Harald Wester has been personally involved in establishing the Technology Transfer Framework arrangement. “He recognized the Technology Transfer Framework’s value, and is ready to lead his teams in making the best use of the significant access to Airbus Group Innovations´ know-how that comes with this agreement,” he added.

With the Technology Transfer Framework arrangement, overview access is to be provided to Maserati across a wide range of Airbus Group Innovations’ technical areas during a multi-year period, allowing the company to identify technologies that could be “game changers” when utilized under license and applied to its automobile product line. The cooperation between Maserati and Airbus Group Innovations was supported by Cheers Interactive, the global partner of the Airbus Group Technology Licensing initiative.

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