Aerospace Lancashire to launch at Farnborough International Airshow
A new initiative to promote Lancashire as the UK’s number one aerospace cluster will be launched at the Farnborough International Airshow when the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lancashire County Council (LCC) join together as ‘Aerospace Lancashire’.
The Aerospace Lancashire mission at the global trade show includes property and investment agents Colliers International, recently appointed to market the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone site.Aerospace Lancashire’s stand is alongside a range of the county’s aerospace companies and suppliers, including Hurst Green Plastics from Whalley, Valuechain from Lancaster, Clitheroe’s Granada Material Handling, Blackburn’s Castle Metals, RuleIQ from Nelson, Burnley’s Hycrome Aerospace and Senior Aerospace from Earby. A number of major international companies with a significant Lancashire presence will also be exhibiting, including Kaman, Safran-Aircelle, Magellan, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
It will be part of a North West aerospace presence at Farnborough facilitated by the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) trade association.During the five-day Farnborough trade expo (July 11-15), Aerospace Lancashire will be signposting delegates to all the local firms exhibiting, and championing the region’s collective aerospace strength.
They will also be highlighting how Lancashire is well positioned to take advantage of a rising global demand for better and more innovative aircraft, in both the civil and military sectors, over the next two decades.
The strong and historic relationship between BAE and Lancashire is set to be further reinforced next week with the F-35 Lightning II fighter making its Farnborough debut.The F-35 programme, which has an estimated value of $1trn and is described as the world's largest single defence programme, is led by Lockheed Martin in the USA with BAE Systems as its key European partner.
BAE leads on several areas for the F-35, including the manufacture of its rear fuselage, and has calculated that the F-35 project already helps to support over 1,500 jobs in Lancashire and has generated over £8m for the local economy in the last 12 months.Edwin Booth, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “Lancashire is the UK’s biggest aerospace cluster and employs nearly 13,000 people through a number of globally significant companies.
"We also have a very agile, highly productive and integrated aerospace supply chain, including many SMEs, which are all are set to potentially benefit from a boom in new orders.“With the launch of Aerospace Lancashire, we are already looking ahead to the next 20 years, which will be significantly different from the sector we know now.
"The next generation of aircraft will need to be smarter, more efficient and quieter, and while passenger jets are getting bigger, business jets will need to be sleeker and more bespoke."Military and other specialist aircraft are also evolving at a rapid rate and will require new materials and technologies which can be prototyped, tested and supplied far quicker than they can currently.
“We are taking a strong message to Farnborough that highlights both the thriving aerospace sector we have today in Lancashire, and shows that as a region we are already gearing up for the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead in the future.”Andy Walker, head of Business Growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “Lancashire has an unrivalled offer within the UK with regards to aerospace and we continue to compete successfully on a global scale with other leading international aerospace hubs.
"The outlook for the sector as a whole is currently very positive, and we are well placed to benefit from a ramp-up in orders in both the commercial and defence sectors.“As Aerospace Lancashire at Farnborough we will be promoting that the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone site is primed for aerospace investment and development, that we have a highly-skilled aerospace workforce, great national and international connectivity, world-class universities driving innovation, and a long tradition of advanced manufacturing excellence throughout the entire supply chain. "Putting all this together, and showing that the region’s private and public sector are both fully behind a drive for growth within Lancashire’s aerospace sector through initiatives like Aerospace Lancashire that reinforces our position of strength in this sector.”