Mark Tami of Alyn and Deeside attended an event organised by ADS and the Aerospace Growth Partnership at the House of Commons yesterday to highlight the value of the UK aerospace to national prosperity through supporting local jobs and skills.
At the event, Mark heard about the Future Flight initiative, part of the Aerospace Sector Deal, which focuses on harnessing opportunities for the UK around electric and autonomous aircraft, urban mobility and the digitalisation of aviation. The work of the Aerospace Technology Institute was also highlighted, demonstrating their value in the aerospace innovation landscape and how its funding and collaboration opportunities has brought investment to the UK. A focus on high-value design also featured as the UK seeks to remain globally competitive, utilising a UK knowledge and skills base around digitally-enabled design and systems engineering.
The event highlighted the importance of the supply chain and SMEs to the UK’s aerospace industry. Increasing its productivity and competitiveness will enable UK SMEs to fulfil their growth potential and exploit export markets.
Companies and organisations who were involved in showcasing the work of the UK aerospace industry at the event include ADS, Aeromet, the Aerospace Technology Institute, Airbus, GKN, Rolls-Royce and Thales.
Mark Tami said: “In Flintshire we know more than most the importance of the aerospace industry. Airbus of course is the backbone of our economy with over 6000 employees working there and thousands more in the supply chain. It was therefore very insightful to go to this event see the work being achieved through initiatives such as the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Aerospace Sector Deal. It’s comforting to see the work that is going into ensuring the industry has a bright future and continues to thrive.”