Boeing has opened a manufacturing plant in Sheffield to make components for its commercial aeroplanes.
The 6,200 sq metre facility is the US company’s first manufacturing site in Europe and represents £40m of investment in the UK.
The factory opening comes a week after Boeing announced the launch of an office in the US dedicated to boosting its UK supply chains.
Boeing’s Office of UK Industrial Capability (OUKIC) in the US will help UK suppliers increase bidding opportunities for Boeing defence and commercial aerospace contracts.
Michael Arthur, managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland, said OUKIC would have a “crucial role working with Boeing, the UK government, and suppliers to enhance skills, facilitate exports and develop new technologies within the UK”.
He added: “Boeing’s growing footprint in the UK is a clear sign that Britain is an attractive investment opportunity for business.”
Both the Sheffield factory and OUKIC are part of a partnership between Boeing and the UK government, dating back to 2016, to invest more in the UK defence and aerospace supply chain.
The Sheffield facility is also part of Boeing’s strategy to increase in-house production of certain components. It will make high-tech components for the actuation systems that control the wing flaps used for takeoff and landing on the firm’s 737 and 767 jets.
Once manufactured, the parts will be shipped to Boeing’s assembly facility in Oregon, USA.
Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, said: “Boeing choosing the heart of South Yorkshire as its first European home is testament to our capabilities, talent pool and strong manufacturing supply chains which are vital to job creation and creating value for local economies.
“We are leading the world in UK aerospace manufacturing and through our modern Industrial Strategy, we, along with industry have committed to invest £3.9bn in aerospace.”
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