Lancashire takes space at Farnborough International Airshow

Lancashire takes space at Farnborough International Airshow

A new initiative to promote Lancashire as the UK’s primary aerospace cluster will be launched at the Farnborough International Airshow next week when the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council join together as ‘Aerospace Lancashire’.

Aerospace Lancashire will be part of a North West aerospace presence at Farnborough, developed by the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) trade association.

During the five-day Farnborough trade expo, 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.

In a recent report by the ADS, the UK’s aerospace trade body, it found that the UK market is set to benefit from $75bn investment in commercial aircraft over the next 20 years, with UK airlines requiring 900 new and replacement aircraft to keep up with increasing passenger numbers and new routes.

Deloitte’s 2016 Global Aerospace Outlook report also supports the ADS findings and suggests there will be a 29.5% increase in commercial aircraft production over the next seven years. Deloitte predicts an uplift in military aircraft demand, which could be particularly significant for Lancashire’s with regard to the county’s long association with defence companies such as BAE Systems.

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.

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.

“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.

“As Aerospace Lancashire at Farnborough we will be promoting that the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone site is primed for aerospace investment and development.”

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