Boeing Announces Scottish Alliance and Major R&D Project
- Alliance aims to create 200 jobs and double Boeing’s supply chain in Scotland
- First initiative is an £11.8m R&D project at University of Strathclyde
GLASGOW, March 4, 2020 - Boeing and Scottish Enterprise have signed a new strategic agreement, called the Boeing Scotland Alliance, which will explore opportunities to work together in Scotland, with the aim of doubling Boeing’s supply chain and creating 200 new quality jobs in the next five years.
The alliance with Scottish Enterprise, Scotland's national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, will focus initially on sectors like space, advanced manufacturing and digital technologies. It is expected to create significant new opportunities for Scottish companies, universities and regions across Scotland.
“This is a blueprint for Boeing working with suppliers and universities in Scotland, harnessing and contributing to the deep expertise already here in advanced manufacturing,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “Boeing is proud to keep developing new investments and relationships across the UK in our ever-growing partnership. This follows our £100 million joint investment in RAF facilities in Moray. We look forward to new partnerships to come, building on the strength of the impressive Scottish aviation supply chain and excellence in high-tech research.”
Beyond the initial focus on the likes of space, advanced manufacturing and digital technologies, the alliance will also explore joint sustainability initiatives within the aviation sector, which support Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy by 2045, and innovations in developing new solutions to reduce carbon emissions and developing a more circular economy.
“Today’s announcement represents another important milestone in Scotland’s manufacturing innovation journey. This strategic alliance with Boeing creates opportunities for companies, universities, colleges and employment across Scotland,” said Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for economy, fair work and culture. “It is a strong endorsement of public sector collaboration, building high value supply chain relationships and embracing academic excellence to deliver for industry. The alliance furthers our vision to see Scotland as a manufacturing nation and validates our decision to invest £48 million in establishing the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).”
One of the initial activities to support this new alliance is an £11.8 million R&D project, supported by £3.5 million of R&D funding from Scottish Enterprise. Boeing is establishing an R&D team in Scotland, aligned to the project, which will look at metallic component manufacturing as the basis for future aircraft components.
Through this project, Boeing also becomes one of the first customers of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). NMIS is a £65 million, industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise operated by the University of Strathclyde as a national facility for Scotland.
“This Alliance agreement builds on the existing business activity between Boeing and Scotland and is the result of many months of discussion with Boeing,” said David Smith, national opportunities director at Scottish Enterprise. “It’s fantastic news for Scotland and enables us to take forward a wide range of new possibilities with Boeing, starting with the aerospace R&D project.”
Note to Editors
- Boeing has a growing presence in Scotland. Most recently, the first of the UK’s nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft landed in Kinloss. That fleet will soon be housed in a £100 million facility – a joint investment by Boeing and the Ministry of Defence – at RAF Lossiemouth. That construction has created more than 200 jobs, and about 470 additional personnel will be based at RAF Lossiemouth because of the P-8A fleet. Boeing expects to have more than 200 employees there focused on maintenance, training and support. A video about the facility is available here. Also, two Scottish startups are in the first cohort of the ATI Boeing Accelerator. It’s a three-month programme for 10 startups, and includes an investment of £100,000 in each.
- Boeing was a founding member of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre and has developed a strong relationship with Scottish Enterprise. These relationships were instrumental in the alliance agreement coming to fruition.
About Boeing in the United Kingdom
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. The company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Boeing has a growing UK workforce of 2,500 direct employees across the country and spends £2 billion a year in the UK supply chain. In 2018 Boeing opened its first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.