Jan Nieberle
Manager Product Design
Industrial Design
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Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer whose customer focus, commercial know-how, technological leadership and manufacturing efficiency have propelled it to the forefront of the industry. With revenues of over 27 billion euros in 2008, Airbus today consistently captures about half of all commercial airliner orders. Owned by EADS, Airbus is a global enterprise of some 52,000 employees, working in fully-owned subsidiaries, spare parts centres and in more than 150 field service offices around the world. Each of its 12 sites in France, Germany, Spain and UK produces a complete section of the aircraft, which is then transported to the Airbus final assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg or Tianjin. Airbus' product line comprises highly successful families of aircraft ranging from 107 to 525 seats. Furthermore, Airbus is extending its portfolio of freighter aircraft that will set new standards in the general and express freight market sectors. Dedicated to helping airlines enhance the profitability of their fleets, Airbus also delivers a wide range of customer services in all areas of support. Airbus seeks to ensure that air transport continues to be an eco-efficient means of transport, delivering economic value while minimizing its environmental impact.

JAN NIEBERLE "I was particularly impressed with some of the pioneering ideas and entries that demonstrated great social responsibility for what is sure to be a really challenging future. Once again, the projects submitted by the students really push the boundaries of the imagination. For someone like me, who is exclusively looking for feasible solutions on a daily basis, such input is a real inspiration. Looking back now, I am sure we have one of the most fascinating jobs in the world."