Posted: Tue 23rd Jun 2015

Airbus set to receive £7.2m Government research funding

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015

Business Minister Anna Soubry announced yesterday four aerospace projects jointly funded by industry and government aimed at keeping Britain at the forefront to the global aerospace market.

They include £7.2m for Airbus to research ways in removing imperfections on wing surfaces which cause drag – making them ‘slippery’

The three other projects are:

  • £5 million for 5 partners, led by Meggitt, to research how pioneering technologies, such as the Internet of Things, can be applied to aircraft factory production
  • £6.4 million for Spirit AeroSystems, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Aeromet to research advanced automated assembly technologies – a factory of the future – to improve the cost competitiveness of the UK supply chain.
  • £4.4 million to support UTC Aerospace Systems, working with the AMRC, to set up production lines to manufacture high volume, low cost advanced composite products

The minister also announced the launch of a new £10 million competition to find game-changing aerospace technologies, aimed at small firms.

This will open for bids next week and is being run by Innovate UK.

Speaking at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry where the 2 new facilities are based, the Minister said:

Government and industry are working together to keep Britain at the forefront of the global aerospace market. We are currently second only to the United States, but there is more to do and it is important that we continue to invest in R&D and develop ground-breaking technologies.

Demand for new aircraft is at record levels – around 45,000 new aircraft and 40,000 helicopters are needed between now and 2032, worth over $5 trillion. This will provide billions of pounds of work to the UK economy given our leading capability in wings, engines, helicopters, advanced systems and services.

Getting this right will deliver economic benefit through our large, mid-sized and small companies across the breadth of the country.

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