Barry 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, Barry 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.
Barry Gardiner said: “Attending this event at the House of Commons provided a valuable opportunity to gain an insight into the work being achieved through initiatives such as the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Aerospace Sector Deal. It is important to ensure that aerospace companies of all size continue to thrive and deliver economic returns and high-skill employment. The UK’s aerospace industry is an important success story, so we must work hard to maintain global competitiveness and retain skills here in the UK.”