Boeing boosts supply chain with UK suppliers. © Boeing
Boeing boosts supply chain with UK suppliers. © Boeing

UK suppliers seek to join Boeing's 'demanding' supply chain

Boeing has met with key aerospace firms as part of efforts to increase UK products and services in its supply chain. 

The planemaker met with a group of 34 UK suppliers at the Boeing Future of Flight Museum in Seattle, including GE Aviation (UK), Bombardier (UK) and GKN.

The meeting was part of UK government plans to increase trade and investment between the US and UK aviation communities and “showcase British expertise” in the advanced engineering and digital sector. 

Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland, said: “Boeing is growing in the UK, and we are looking for ways to develop further our presence here as a key part of Boeing’s global supply chain.”

The US firm has committed to doubling its business in the UK, increasing UK firms’ bidding opportunities for Boeing work and boosting research and development opportunities since partnering with the UK government in 2016. 

Donnelly said: “Boeing recognises the UK as a world leader in the aerospace sector. We are proud of our close partnership with business and universities across the UK, and our partnership with Britain’s superb armed forces.”

The UK aerospace industry turned over £39bn last year, mostly from exports.

Graham Stuart, minister for investment at the Department of International Trade, said: “British aerospace companies lead Europe and use the UK’s unique science base to deliver world class solutions. With expertise in complex products such as engines, wings, aerostructures and advanced systems, the sector is overwhelmingly export oriented and attracts significant inward investment into the UK.

“Exports from and inward investment to the UK are at their highest ever levels and help sustain our position as the leading destination in Europe for foreign direct investment and a world leader in technology and its application.”

He added: “DIT is proud to lead and facilitate trade missions such as this one to Boeing where UK companies can demonstrate their expertise, build relationships and seek to join one of the most demanding supply chains.”

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