• Focus on UK Growth as Seattle Hosts Boeing Suppliers

    • Thirty-seven suppliers attending, ranging from SMEs to UK-based multinationals
    • Visit includes briefings on Boeing’s customer requirements, enhanced partnerships, market dynamics, one-to-one business development meetings and Boeing factory tour
    • Builds on Farnborough Airshow Boeing UK growth announcement, UK MoD P-8A Poseidon, AH-64E Apache orders

    SEATTLE, WA, USA,  Oct. 7, 2016 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] is hosting a visit in Seattle of 37 companies from Boeing’s UK supply chain along with representatives from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for International Trade. The group is visiting Seattle to grow further the UK-Boeing partnership. The visitor companies range from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to UK-based multinational companies.

    The visit builds on orders for Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and AH-64E Apache helicopters from the UK Ministry of Defence. It forms one aspect of delivering on the joint announcement between the Government and the company in July at the Farnborough International Airshow, which aims to enhance further UK prosperity by:

    • Boeing doubling its UK employment in the years ahead, as it has already done once since 2011.
    • Increasing overall bid opportunities from Boeing to UK suppliers.
    • Enhancing UK suppliers’ competitiveness through advice from Boeing with the UK Government’s support and participation.
    • Boeing making the UK its European base for training, maintenance, repair and overhaul across defence fixed-wing and rotary platforms.
    • Boeing continuing to grow its commercial aviation services business in the UK.
    • Making the UK Boeing’s defence exports base for Europe and the Middle East.
    • Increasing Boeing’s contribution to security, policing, cyber, information technology and space sectors in the UK and establishing a Boeing presence in the UK space sector this year.

    “The UK is a critical source of high-quality suppliers for Boeing, across both our commercial and defence businesses,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Since 2011 we have more than doubled Boeing’s spending with UK suppliers. As we deliver Boeing’s growth plans for the UK we are working with the Government to ensure we also provide additional opportunities for our partners in the supply chain.”

    Suppliers from the UK with the potential or continued potential to supply Boeing on existing or future platforms were invited on the visit. During their time in Seattle they are participating in:

    • A strategic business conference examining the UK-Boeing partnership, market demand and dynamics that inform the future supplier relationship, a briefing on the Boeing acquisition process and discussions on enhancing competitiveness.
    • One-to-one business meetings exploring new supplier opportunities.
    • A tour of the Boeing factory in Everett, Seattle, Washington State, the largest building in the world, where final assembly of the 747-8, 767, KC-46 Tanker, 777 and 787 Dreamliner takes place.

    "This supplier conference is a key milestone in the UK’s partnership with Boeing, which was announced at the Farnborough Airshow earlier this year,” said International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier. “The UK government wants to see UK suppliers winning more work directly from Boeing and this event will provide a real opportunity for some of our highly capable civil and defence aerospace suppliers to engage directly with Boeing’s decision makers. We look forward to continuing our work with Boeing as it grows its business in the UK and strengthens its ties with the wider UK civil and defence industry."

    More than 250 UK companies are suppliers to Boeing and in 2015 the company spent £1.8 billion with them, supporting more than 12,700 jobs in the tier one UK supply chain alone.

    The UK-Boeing partnership dates back to the 1930s. Boeing has committed to continuing to grow its workforce in the UK and to opening up further opportunities for British suppliers.

    “Boeing has long been part of the UK’s aerospace and defence industrial landscape, providing valuable jobs and skills that make a direct contribution to the UK economy,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, the UK’s aerospace, defence and security trade association. “By hosting this visit and inviting UK companies to Seattle, Boeing is making a clear commitment to UK businesses, encouraging their growth and providing opportunities for them to succeed. The aerospace growth partnership is focused on improving the competitiveness and global opportunities of UK suppliers. It is great to see Boeing playing its part in helping to secure UK growth and prosperity.”

    Companies on the visit include:


    Company Nature of business Location
    Acro Aircraft Seating Specialist economy & premium economy aircraft seating Crawley, Sussex
    Aeromet Int plc Finished castings in high strength alloys Sittingbourne, Kent
    AGC Aero Composites Design & manufacture of composite & metallic structures and components Yeovil, Somerset
    Aim Aviation Hensalls Ltd Design & manufacture of aircraft interiors Bournemouth, Llanelli, Cambridge & Byfleet
    Amsafe Bridport Ltd Engineered textile manufacturer for aircraft & ground handling Bridport, Dorset
    BAE Systems Design and manufacture of airborne electronic systems Farnborough, Hampshire
    CAV Advanced Technologies Ltd Wing de-icing systems and drag reduction technology Consett, County Durham
    Darchem Engineering Provider of Insulation Systems; Metallic Honeycomb; Structural components Stockton-On Tees, Tyne side
    Denroy Designs, engineers and manufactures injection moulded thermoplastic components Bangor, County Down
    Druck (GE Industrial Sensing) Technologies include sensor-based measurement, advanced software, asset condition monitoring and control solutions Leicester
    Eaton Design of avionics systems in sensing, power management, fuel management & hydraulics Redditch & Havant
    GKN Aerospace Services Provider of composite manufacture and have a capability to produce winglets, moveable’s (Aileron elevator etc) and Wing, Fuselage and Empennage structures and complex assemblies Redditch, West Midlands
    GE Aviation Systems Ltd Systems integrator of composite, metallic and integrated solutions aircraft wing, fairing structures for civil aviation and military role equipment Chelmsford, Gloucestershire
    Gardner Aerospace Supplier of metallic detail parts and sub-assemblies, and machines, fabricates, assemblies, and treats hard, soft and exotic metals Derby, Derbyshire
    Hyde Group Engineering Europe’s largest subcontract engineering, manufacturing and tooling specialist Liverpool, Merseyside
    Leonardo Design, development, test, production, support and sales of rotary aircraft for commercial, public utility, security and defence use Yeovil, Somerset
    MB Aerospace Ltd Provides advanced technological solutions to the Aerospace and Defense industry, leveraging an in-depth knowledge of fabrications, machining and the global supply chain to support complex component manufacture and repair Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
    Magellan Aerospace Designs, engineers and manufactures a wide range of aero-structure and aero-engine components for aerospace markets Bournemouth, Dorset
    Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd Conversion, modification, maintenance and support of aircraft solutions Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
    Meggitt Avionics Global engineering group specialising in extreme environment components and sub-systems Fareham, Hampshire
    Safran Electrical & Power Designs, develops, manufactures and services aircraft landing gear, wheels and brakes Gloucester, Gloucestershire
    Safran Nacelles Design and manufacture of nacelles and composite structures Gloucester, Gloucestershire
    Permali Gloucester Ltd Designs and builds leading composite material solutions Gloucester, Gloucestershire
    Raytheon Power management and control systems Glenrothes
    Rolls Royce Propulsion systems Derby, Derbyshire
    Senior UK Ltd Designs, manufactures and markets high-technology components and systems Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
    STG Aerospace Ltd Develops innovative and cost-effective lighting solutions for the aviation industry Swaffman, Norfolk
    Support Air Ltd Provider of temporary infrastructure for AOG aircraft repair Hereford
    Thales Designs and builds electrical systems and provides services Weybridge, Surrey
    Thompson Aero Seating Ltd design, engineering and manufacture of airline seating Craigavon, Count Armagh
    UTC Aerospace Systems Design, manufacture and service of flight control systems and components Wolverhampton, West Midlands

    Boeing employs more than 2,000 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid growth. In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry. 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 expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2015 was £1.8 billion ($2.65 billion) and the company supports 12,700 jobs in the tier one UK supply chain, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.