Engineers from the Airbus superjumbo project are due to touch down in Birmingham next week to help develop design expertise among the city's manufacturers.
American engineering software specialists, Dimensional Control Systems, is to hold a four day training event for the world-leading aircraft manufacturer at the Technology Innovation Centre.
The Millennium Pointbased event, which begins at March 14, will see Airbus engineers given detailed training in the use of the latest DCS virtual product design software.
DCS, a TIC technology partner, designs advanced 3D tolerance-modelling software.
This enables companies to reduce costs significantly, through the full and realistic simulation of an end-product, whilst still only at virtual design stage.
With the recent launch of the world's largest airliner, the A380, Airbus faces one of the most complex design and engineering challenges ever undertaken.
The latest DCS software is expected to be of help in the refinement of the many detail design aspects of the final aircraft.
In the UK, Airbus will manufacture wings for the A380 at its Broughton facility in North Wales. This is expected to create 650 extra jobs over the next two years, to meet expected demand for the new aircraft.
The alliance between TIC and the UK arm of DCS has seen the two organisations working together to introduce the 'Close-the-Loop' concept to manufacturing businesses of all types and sizes.
Using DCS Software, companies can accurately predict the relationship between the dimensions and tolerances of complex assemblies, as well as individual components. This enables engineers to 'closethe-loop' of their product knowledge before going into production.
Phil Moorcroft, director of DCS in the UK said: "Most cost overruns arise from reworking tooling and component problems not foreseen at digital mock-up stage. TIC's extensive involvement with manufacturing companies has enabled us to bring the competitive advantage of the 'Close-the-Loop' approach to a wide range of businesses."
Peter Rayson, TIC's head of design and process innovation, said: "We are delighted to host this event for our design partner DCS and their major client Airbus.
"TIC is strengthening its links with the aerospace industry, and we are now a member of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance."
Meanwhile Airbus parent company EADS yesterday reported it had met analysts targets with a 60 per cent increase in profits.
Net profit rose to 1.03 billion euros (£715 million) from a restated 644 million (£447 million).
Operating income, or earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), rose a similar 58 per cent to 2.4 billion euros (£1.6 billion).
EADS raised its 2005 EBIT guidance to more than 2.6 billion euros ( £ 1.8 billion), reflecting expectations that Airbus plane deliveries will rise to 350-360 from 320 last year.
Sales in 2004 grew five per cent to 31.76 billion euros (£22 billion) while its order book rose three per cent to 184 billion euros (£127 billion).
"The numbers are a little ahead of consensus," said aerospace analyst Steve East at CSFB.
EADS' biggest turnaround in 2004 was in its space business, which had EBIT of ten million euros after a loss of 400 million a year earlier on hefty restructuring charges. Airbus had EBIT of 1.922 billion euros, beating most forecasts.