• Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK & Ireland, addresses Sheffield Global Manufacturing Festival

    March 15, 2012 - Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing United Kingdom and Ireland, officially launched the Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield with a speech that underlined the importance of UK industry in the aerospace company’s global supply chain.

    Sir Roger explained how Boeing brings together global supply chains on world-leading products such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and focused on the key role the UK – and Sheffield in particular – play in these supply chains.

    Sir Roger was the first high-profile guest speaker at this year’s Global Manufacturing Festival. Organised by the University of Sheffield, the lecture was held at the institution’s Octagon Centre in association with Sheffield Hallam University.

    “Boeing in the UK has a strong relationship with Sheffield through our partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University in the city” said Sir Roger Bone. “Boeing’s commitment to the UK involves not only our dedication to our defence and civil airline customers but also to the economy in the region. Boeing has over 250 suppliers in the UK alongside several strong research partnerships with British Universities and these relationships deliver growth to the UK economy as well as benefits to global security and the environment.”

    Boeing was the founding member of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in 2001. Work carried out at the AMRC by the UK division of another multi-national company (Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) led to a successful bid to supply the landing gear on the 787, supporting thousands of jobs in the UK. When fitted with Rolls-Royce engines, alongside significant contributions from other UK suppliers, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is 25 per cent made in the UK by value.

    Responsible for coordinating all Boeing business activities in the UK and Ireland, Sir Roger Bone was appointed an honorary ambassador for British business by the Prime Minister in 2010.

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    Boeing employs more than 1,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. Boeing’s long-standing relationship with British industry, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry dates back more than 70 years. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s annual expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1billion and supports tens of thousands of jobs and, in the process, enhances skills, facilitates exports and generates intellectual property.