This website aims to be both a focal point for those companies,and a springboard into the future.
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The country of Wales is a constituent part of the United Kingdom (UK), with a population of almost 3 million. Wales has developed a dynamic business culture embracing and supporting the ambitious entrepreneur through to some of the world's largest multinationals. A land rich in advanced technologies, modern skills and opportunity, Wales is a confident, forward thinking nation, with a knowledge based workforce committed to maintaining a world class business environment.
Europe and in particular the UK is a major market for aerospace and defence and continues to provide a key element of the global industry. Wales provides a significant contribution to the UK's share, employing over 23,000 people in the sector and generating sales over £5bn per year. Six of the world's top ten companies have a presence in Wales - EADS (Airbus & Cassidian), BAE Systems, Raytheon, General Dynamics, GE Aviation and Finmeccanica. Other leading companies such as Boeing, Thales and Rolls-Royce are also developing research and project links.
There are two key clusters, one centred on the Airbus wing plant at Broughton in North Wales and the other a concentration of civil MRO centred on a 20 mile radius of Cardiff Airport. The launch of the A350 jetliner will further bolster prospects for Airbus UK’s Broughton plant, as does the production phase for the larger A380. The composite A350 wing will require a broad UK supply chain that can deliver key composite components.
MRO activities include 3 divisions of BA, GE Aviation, Nordam Europe, Raytheon Aircraft Services, Babcock Defence Systems and TES Aviation. Facilities exist at a range of locations including Broughton, around Cardiff Airport and RAF Valley.
In the west of Wales, Parc Aberporth is establishing itself as a centre of excellence for the testing and development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Selex has now taken space at the facility which is expected to be a key testing location for new programmes such as the UK's technology demonstrator ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation & Assessment). The Welsh Government is investing over £3m in the demonstrator which is a major element of the UK National Aerospace Technology Strategy.
Universities and colleges in Wales with an aerospace related offering are linking together to provide a combined offering of engineering expertise and training.
The Forum in partnership with the UK's trade body A|D|S provides a focal point for all elements of the UK's Aerospace Innovation and Growth programme. The future development of the industry's supply chain is seen as vital to maintaining the UK's leading role in aerospace and the implementation plan for SC21 (Supply Chain for the 21st Century). This builds on a number of well established Forum activities designed to improve the competitiveness and marketability of member companies. The Forum and its members regularly exhibit at major aerospace events including Farnborough International and Le Bourget, Paris.
The Forum and its members are working closely together to ensure that Wales will continue to punch above its weight in the world's aerospace markets and take advantage of the growth opportunities in aviation, space and defence.
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