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Boeing Cuts Engineers as Aircraft Sales Slow

Posted May 02, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Boeing has cut its Washington workforce by 9% to 70,640 employees over the past year as sales and revenue slow. The company's total headcount has shrunk 7.6% to 146,962 since March 2016.


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05/14/2017 9:58 AM

I've always been a big fan of Boeing - up until they brought this madness on themselves.

They actually helped the Chinese develop "Chinese made" passenger jets.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/05/news/china-comac-c919-takes-flight/

Or rather, they allowed themselves to be blackmailed by the Chinese on the promise of some short term gains.

But who did they think the Chinese airlines would be ordered to buy their jets from once Chinese jets were available?

Yes, everything in China is controlled by the state and when the goons in Beijing tell Chinese airlines to buy Chinese jets - they will buy Chinese jets - or they'll be out of business the very next day.

Boeing literally gave away a hundred years of know-how over just a few short years for a pittance of what it would have cost the Chinese to learn those lessons the hard way.

Duh!

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05/15/2017 9:21 AM

China did the same thing to P&H Cranes when they were based in Milwaukee, WI. They basically issued a large order, had one delivered, reversed engineered it, and then promptly canceled the order.

P&H shut their doors, and it was in the legal courts, I believe they did come to a settlement. The remnants have since been cut up and is now TEREX, Joy Global Inc and others....

I have tried to find some links of this... but it appears to have been washed from the net.

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05/16/2017 8:19 AM

That's their typical MO.

From the outset of their push to go commercial 35 years ago it's been a state diktat that it's cheaper to steal than it is to innovate and it's the only reason they are where they are today.

How US, European and Japanese companies are still falling for their deceptions is a mystery to me.

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05/16/2017 8:40 AM

And part of their planned growth was population control.

The only thing they couldn't copy was food supply.

How US, European and Japanese companies are still falling for their deceptions is a mystery to me.

Ye$ they are. And to thi$ day, I ¢an't for the life of me, figure out why?

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05/16/2017 9:53 AM

But the dollar$ gained are very short term - the long term in dealing with Chinese is death by strangulation - as Boeing is now finding out.

Look at all the expensive lessons that Boeing - being just one high profile example among thousands of US, European and Japanese companies ripped off by China - had to absorb to gain their current level of know-how.

You can't put a price on that, yet they gave it away for what?

What they got in return is redundancies in their workforce as the Chinese prepare to buy their "home made" jets and it's only going to get worse as more time goes by.

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05/16/2017 10:08 AM
  • Short term profits for company
  • Large bonuses for these profits to the CEOs
  • CEO then leaves company
  • Company struggles for their short sightedness
  • Employees pay the price

I have posted this before, but I enjoy the Canadian journalist Gordon Sinclair column about the United States; it's called 'The Americans' and it's actually come to bite us. Here it is:

"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans. I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States Dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas DC-10? If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American planes?

Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon — not once, but several times — and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I’m one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."

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05/17/2017 9:12 AM

Well said.

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