Boeing moves global HQ to Northern Virginia

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Index hosts Open House 2022

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May 20, 2022

Boeing Northern Virginia Office.
Photo credit: Boeing

Boeing is moving its global headquarters from Chicago, Illinois, to its Arlington, Virginia campus where the company’s Defense, Space, and Security business is located. Employees there support corporate functions and specialize in advanced airplane development and autonomous systems.

“We are excited to build on our foundation here in Northern Virginia. The region makes strategic sense for our global headquarters given its proximity to our customers and stakeholders, and its access to world-class engineering and technical talent,” says Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun.

Additionally, Boeing plans to develop a research & technology hub focused on developing innovations in cybersecurity, autonomous operations, quantum sciences, and software and systems engineering.

Boeing plans to maintain a significant presence at its Chicago location and surrounding region and will adapt and modernize the workspace to better support future work requirements.

The company’s other business units will continue to be based at their current headquarters: Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington, and Global Services in Plano, Texas.

Index Global Open House
Photo credit: E. Brothers
Index hosts Open House 2022

After a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Index hosted 1,823 guests at its Global Open House in Reichenbach, Germany. Visitors experienced live demonstrations on a dozen machines, including several making their debut, plus automation solutions and developments in the iXworld suite of digital solutions. Visitors had in-depth exchanges with Index metal-cutting specialists and industry experts about the entire machining process and watched presentations on gear-cutting technologies for aerospace, polygonal turning, and efficient machining of complex workpieces.

One of the latest machines on display was the Index G220 turn-mill center. With a 76mm spindle clearance, 200mm chuck diameter, 900mm turning length, and two tool turrets at the bottom of the workspace, this machine complements the G series with its smaller dimensions.

Also presented, the MBL 76 bar loader – tailored for the G220’s design and turning spindle diameter – is electrically powered with no hydraulic components.

Additionally shown was the Traub TNL12 sliding headstock automatic lathe, which can be converted to a fixed headstock. Compared to its predecessor, the machine offers a more compact design and improved kinematics.

The Index MS24-6 CNC multi-spindle automatic lathe drew much attention. Compared to its MS22-6 predecessor, the machine has a slightly larger maximum bar diameter, but a more compact overall design.

Experts explained the cloud-based iXworld platform and its customer-optimized Internet of Things (IoT) iX4.0 apps, while representatives from 30 partner companies co-exhibiting at the open house answered attendee questions.

Another highlight was a visit to the Index apprentice program in Esslingen, Germany, and the opportunity to hear from apprenticeship participants and graduates now working with the company.