This excerpt taken from the BEAV 10-K filed Feb 16, 2007.
Research, Development and Engineering
We work closely with commercial airlines to improve existing products and identify customers emerging needs.
Our expenditures in research, development and engineering totaled $88.6 million, $65.6 million and $55.1 million for the three years ending December 31, 2006, respectively. We employed 877 professionals in engineering, research and development and program management as of December 31, 2006. We believe, based on our experience in the industry, that we have the largest engineering organization in the cabin interior products industry, with mechanical, electrical, electronic and software design skills, as well as substantial expertise in materials composition and custom cabin interior layout design and certification.