Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
UK lands Boeing's first European manufacturing facility
Business Secretary Greg Clark yesterday (25 October 2018) attended the opening of Boeing’s first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield, the heart of South Yorkshire.
- New facility will showcase the UK’s world-leading aerospace manufacturing capabilities in making more than 100 advanced components for Boeing planes
- it will export £80 million of products a year while employing 25 apprentices
- Business Secretary Greg Clark attended the opening of the facility which was supported by a £2.7 million grant from the government through the modern Industrial Strategy
Manufacturing more than 100 high-tech components for the Boeing 737 and 767, the facility has been supported by a £2.7 million grant from the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
The UK is a world leader in civil aerospace with strengths in some of the most technologically advanced parts of aircraft. Through the modern Industrial Strategy, government and industry have committed to invest £3.9 billion in aerospace technologies.
Boeing’s new facility spans just over 6,000 square metres, providing high skilled jobs including 25 high-valued apprentices and this is set to increase. The facility will source high-quality materials from the UK supply chain and produce several thousands of components per month. Boeing already employs more than 2,200 people in the UK and spends around £2 billion per annum in the UK supply chain.
Business Secretary Greg Clark yesterday said:
Boeing choosing the heart of South Yorkshire as its first European home is testament to the reputation of Sheffield as a centre of innovation, advanced manufacturing and the UK’s status as a world-leader in aviation. This new facility will export components around the world, boosting the UK supply chain and creating high quality jobs.
We are the wing capital of the world and leading aerospace manufacturer and through our modern Industrial Strategy, the government, along with industry are investing £3.9 billion in aerospace to seize the opportunities of the future.
Earlier in October, Boeing launched the Office of UK Industrial Capability (OUKIC) to enhance the competitiveness of Boeing’s UK supply chain and increase aerospace and defence technology exploitation in the UK.
The aim of the OUKIC is to drive the Long Term Partnering Initiative to increase opportunities for UK suppliers on Boeing’s civil and defence programmes, increase Boeing’s investment into the UK, and increase R&Dspend with exploitation in the UK.
The new facility is located alongside the University of Sheffield’s world-class Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) which will also allow Boeing to initiate a major research and development programme.
Boeing Senior Vice President of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations Jenette Ramos yesterday said:
We appreciate all the community support for Boeing’s new advanced manufacturing factory in the UK. This is a fabulous example of how we are engaging global talent to provide greater value to our customers. In Boeing Sheffield, we are building on longstanding relationships and the region’s manufacturing expertise to enhance our production system and continue to connect, protect, explore and inspire aerospace innovation.
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis yesterday said:
It’s excellent news that Boeing has opened its first European factory here in the Sheffield City Region. Boeing’s choice of location is a strong sign of confidence in our advanced engineering excellence, confidence in our workforce and strong manufacturing heritage, and confidence in the cutting-edge collaborations between university and business that enable us to lead the world.
Boeing Sheffield will also be a key part of our region’s ‘Global Innovation Corridor’, creating a connected set of research and business interactions based on the advanced manufacturing and engineering strengths we have here in the region, and linking people, places and ideas. The opportunities for our communities, for businesses, for researchers and for the workforce of the future are limitless.
This opening of this new facility is hugely significant for South Yorkshire, the wider Northern Powerhouse, and indeed for the UK.
In 2015, the government and industry committed to spend £3.9 billion to further transform aerospace research and manufacturing until 2026 to help this sector build on our unique strengths in the UK through the modern Industrial Strategy.
Latest News from
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
UK experts to work with global partners to tackle global grand challenges22/01/2019 15:08:00
UK leads efforts to tackle world’s biggest challenges, from tackling anti-microbial resistance to developing next-generation eco-friendly packaging.
New Zealand and United Kingdom joint statement on climate change and resilience in the Pacific22/01/2019 13:10:00
New Zealand and the UK reaffirm joint commitment to work with Pacific Island countries to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Statement on suspension of work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear project18/01/2019 11:20:00
Business and Energy Secretary's statement given yesterday on why the government was unable to reach an agreement with Hitachi over Wylfa nuclear plant that strikes a fair deal for billpayers and taxpayers.
Launch of the new Toyota Corolla16/01/2019 11:25:00
Business Secretary Greg Clark yesterday spoke at the launch of Toyota's all-new Corolla that will be built in Britain.
Preparing for EU exit - BEIS update14/01/2019 09:10:00
An update on EU exit preparations by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
New UK-Japanese research partnership to tackle degenerative and incurable diseases11/01/2019 15:10:00
Medical researchers in Britain and Japan are to join forces in the fight to advance research into treatments for some of the most debilitating degenerative diseases.
Business Secretary statement on Jaguar Land Rover job cuts11/01/2019 12:25:00
Response from the Business Secretary, Greg Clark, to the announcement of job cuts by Jaguar Land Rover.
Proposals to protect consumers whilst guaranteeing payments for households with solar by unlocking smarter energy system08/01/2019 15:20:00
More intelligent systems will help power the UK’s transition to a clean and affordable energy system – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.