• Boeing spotlights contribution to economic growth in the United Kingdom

    November 02, 2011 - On 25 October 2011, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre showcased their significant industrial contribution in the United Kingdom to senior government officials and industry inside the Houses of Parliament.

    Boeing representatives demonstrated the technology developed at Sheffield while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the centre, where Boeing is the founding member company.

    The event highlighted the contribution that high-value manufacturing can make to the UK’s economic growth. The program included an exhibition and a seminar in the House of Commons focused on manufacturing, skills and research into composite material, a display of a Rolls-Royce fan-set in front of the Houses of Parliament and a tour of the University of Sheffield’s mobile advanced manufacturing transporter. The truck-borne interactive display showcases the practical examples of academic research being applied commercially. The display featured presentations from the University of Sheffield, Boeing and Rolls-Royce and the firsthand accounts of two apprentices from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

    In highlighting the importance of investing in training and apprenticeship, Boeing UK President Sir Roger Bone said: “It is crucial that young people learn key skills at an early age, and Boeing has a longstanding commitment to investing in the UK’s skills base. This is why we work with various institutions to directly engage young people and their teachers with the practical elements of science, technology and engineering as well as encouraging interest in aviation and aerospace.”

    During the two-day program, Bone met with Nick Clegg, UK’s deputy prime minister; Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition; Peter Luff, minister for defense equipment, support and technology; James Arbuthnot, chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee; Adrian Bailey, chairman of the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee; and Lord Sassoon, Treasury’s commercial minister. Boeing representatives briefed additional officials at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s official residence.

    This display spotlighted the importance of the partnership between the UK’s academic and manufacturing communities and the application of their advances to aircraft such as the 787 Dreamliner, which made its first revenue flight during the exhibition period.