Boeing and UK Government conference supports supply chain across UK
- 800 registrants across the UK learn more about selling to and exporting with Boeing
- Boeing spends £2 billion per year with UK suppliers
- R&D spend in the UK has increased by 250 percent since 2015
LONDON, November 10, 2020 - More than 800 representatives from more than 500 current and potential suppliers from up and down the United Kingdom registered for a virtual supplier discovery conference today to learn how to improve opportunities for engaging with Boeing’s global supply base.
The conference, organised by Boeing’s Office of UK Industrial Capability and the UK’s Department for International Trade, offers suppliers in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors advice for how they can better promote their products and services throughout Boeing, as well as updates on Boeing’s major programmes and new supply chain initiatives, such as digital transformation. Boeing spends £2 billion per year with UK suppliers, and has increased its R&D spend in the UK by 250 percent since 2015.
Representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Department for International Trade and UK Space Agency gave attendees updates on government-industry collaboration, as well as strategy.
Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin MP and Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing International, opened the conference.
“Investments like these bring more than jobs,” said Quin after outlining a number of recent Boeing investments in the UK, including the Strategic Facility at RAF Lossiemouth. “They bring a great dynamic to the communities and can act as a magnet for other investments. We look forward to more to come.”
In the case of RAF Lossiemouth, four of nine Poseidon aircraft are now housed in a £100 million hangar facility designed and built by Boeing and its construction partner Robertson, headquartered in nearby Elgin. More than 300 people were employed on site at the project’s peak, and more than 200 Boeing employees will work alongside the RAF maintaining and supporting the fleet, and training the pilots and crews. Boeing supports charities in Moray, and is in talks to join in the development of an aviation academy as part of the Moray Growth Deal.
“This is an important annual event for Boeing in the UK and globally” Arthur said. “Last year we were in Seattle, the year before in St. Louis and many people attending today were there with us. Looking back, companies that came to our previous events have since joined our supply chain. For those who haven’t, welcome to today; the purpose of this meeting is that you do.”
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, and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Boeing has a UK workforce of 2,500 direct employees across the country and spends £2 billion a year in the UK supply chain. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.