Ford Aerospace breaks into China

Ford Aerospace breaks into China

South Shields-based Ford Aerospace Ltd is celebrating after landing a lucrative contract to supply its aircraft components to China.

The deal sees the company become the only UK firm to have successfully registered as a Qualified Product List (QPL) supplier to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Ford will supply its peelable laminated materials for the company’s C919 aircraft, a new short to medium haul commercial plane.

The company has been working with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to help find and deliver overseas markets for its goods and services.

UKTI international trade adviser, Bob Beresford, said: “UKTI has helped Ford Aerospace Ltd to take a long term view over which international markets to target and how best to approach them.

“This latest success is a testament to how working in partnership can bring significant export success.”

Dou Tsang of Ford Aerospace added: “The support of UKTI over the years has been incredible.

“It has given us the confidence to take our products to new markets and the credibility and expertise to bid for supplier contracts such as the one we have just one in China.

“Although we are quite a large business, we still needed expert advice on exporting – and UKTI delivered that.”