• More than 100 Scottish companies learn about working with Boeing and government support opportunities

    • ADS-organised event part of the Boeing Scotland Alliance with Scottish Enterprise
    • More than 170 people representing a cross-section of industry joined the virtual session
    • Boeing will make the event an annual one

    EDINBURGH,  February 24, 2021 - More than 100 companies from across Scotland and a range of sectors joined a virtual event to learn about opportunities with Boeing and sources of government support available to them for research and development.

    The session was part of the Boeing Scotland Alliance, an agreement announced last year between Boeing and Scottish Enterprise to explore opportunities to work together in Scotland. The alliance launched with an advanced manufacturing R&D project as part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, operated by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

    The event was organised by ADS Scotland and the Scottish Government’s Aerospace Response Group, an initiative created to protect and grow Scotland’s aerospace manufacturing and R&D capability.

    Representatives from more than 100 companies joined the virtual event. Companies and research institutions from throughout Scotland took part, representing aerospace, manufacturing and the tech sector, among others. Boeing has committed to the event being an annual one.

    Participants heard presentations on how to become a Boeing supplier and the types of technology and areas of innovation that are of interest to Boeing.

    “We continue to be impressed by the number, type and quality of Scotland’s aviation, manufacturing and technology sectors. Scotland offers a great infrastructure for partnership in advanced manufacturing – bringing together universities, research capability and support from across government. This partnership underpins Boeing commitment to Scotland’s innovative supply chain,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing in the UK and Ireland. “Sharing ideas and learning about one another at events like this one will help all of us create a strong and sustainable future together for aviation in the UK and throughout the world.”

    Companies also learned about government support opportunities through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and with the Scottish Government.

    “The pandemic continues to bring challenges for businesses, and that’s why it’s vital that we encourage Scottish companies to be outward looking, collaborative and innovative,” said David Leven, head of High Value Manufacturing at Scottish Enterprise. “It’s fantastic to see so many companies embrace this by taking part in this event and exploring new opportunities with Boeing.”

    Notes to Editors

    • Boeing has a growing presence in Scotland. Five of the UK’s nine P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft have been delivered in the last year and are now based at RAF Lossiemouth in a facility built by Boeing. Boeing expects to have more than 200 employees there focused on maintenance, training and support.
    • Four Scottish startups have participated in the ATI Boeing Accelerator, a three-month programme for companies that includes an investment of £100,000 in each.
    • In August 2020, the Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus announced it is exploring options collaboratively with the RAF and Boeing to create a skilled workforce for the Moray Region as part of the Moray Growth Deal.
    • Boeing was a founding member of the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre.

    About Boeing in the United Kingdom
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