The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)
represents a joint industry and Government
investment of £2 billion across the next
seven years to give certainty and stability for
technology and innovation. The ATI represents a single, coherent
technology development programme which
aims to strengthen the links between industry and academia and to maximise opportunities
for UK industry to gain access to
European R&T programmes.
The core objective of the ATI is to deliver a
long-term strategic vision for the UK, to preserve its standing as Europe's
leading aerospace manufacturer.
It will operate across four streams of focus:
� advanced systems
The UK Aerodynamics Centre is the first of
these streams of focus and is already up
and running. A team of secondees from
industry and academia are leading and prioritising work that will position the UK at the
forefront of the global aerospace scene. An
early Grand Challenge will allow industry and
academic researchers to develop the next
generation of quieter, more energy-efficient
The AGP has also developed a National
Aerospace Technology Programme (NATEP)
aimed at aerospace supply chain companies, including small and medium sized suppliers.
will help them develop their
own innovative technologies while enhancing
their technology management capabilities,
thus increasing their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere
the world (see spage 6).
At the same time the AGP has a dedicated
Manufacturing working group focussed on
ensuring the UK's manufacturing capabilities
are competitive and primed to support the
production processes of the future.
To meet the world's needs, the next generation of aerospace
products must be lighter,
cheaper and more environmentally friendly
than ever. If the UK is to successfully compete to supply these products,
demonstrate that we have the manufacturing
capability to do so.
This will require close coordination between
the development of new technology and the
development of the manufacturing processes to deliver this technology.
To achieve this, the Manufacturing working
group is developing a Manufacturing
Accelerator Programme (MAP) to speed up
the transfer of manufacturing technology,
know-how and best practice from academia
to industry. MAP will make best use of the
UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres
being set up by the Technology Strategy
Board to help the supply chain bring products to market faster and more
Many of these actions are strategic in a
global and international sense - but there
are also many actions for suppliers on the
lower tiers of the supply chain.
One of the most effective and well known of
these is the 21st Century Supply Chain (SC21)
initiative launched for all levels of suppliers in
2006. The total number of companies committed to SC21 doubled within two months of
its launch - now over 100 new companies
sign up to the programme every year.
The more companies that join this initiative,
the greater the benefit to the UK supply
chain. The risk however, to those businesses
that have not embraced SC21, or more
importantly continuous improvement, and
therefore are not progressing (on the industry
designed and owned) programme, may lose
out to those who are proactively engaging.
Signatories to SC21 are committed to developing supply chains to ensure
competitive and able to deliver increased
value to customers. To be a signatory to the
SC21 action plan you do not have to be a
large prime company. In fact it is actively
encouraging companies from all levels in the
Signatories include the biggest players in the
sector and have jointly decided they will
work together to harmonise how supply
chains are developed, how accreditation
occurs, how performance is measured and
how relationships are improved.
"The opportunities, challenges and rewards in
the sector are immense,"says Julia Moore.
"GTMA has some world class players in aerospace, and an engineering resource
first class. We welcome enquiries from buyers
and specifiers and can point them to suppliers
with the right accreditations for their needs."
AEROSPACE SUPPLY CHAIN
continued from page 3
Farnborough International Airshow, one
of the world's largest opportunities for
suppliers to aerospace, is set for
another memorable year on July 14-18.
Long considered one of the world's leading
aerospace events, FIA is core to many
aerospace companies' sales and marketing strategy.
The 2012 event had orders
and commitments worth US$72billion.
GTMA suppliers with stands in 2014
include EOS Electro Optical Systems,
IMSM, Seco Tools, Trescal and Trac
Group. Delcam and Blum-Novotest are on
Midland Aerospace Alliance stand.
One of several supplier focussed activities is the Meet-The-Buyer Event which
provides direct access to companies
seeking new business relationships.
with potential partners in a series of
In 2012, over 613 pre-planned
meetings took place with 38 buyers
and 2014 is also expected to be full of
opportunity. For more information
contact Gen Richards, Head of
Aerospace & Airport Sector Events,
on 020 7091 4520 or email
The Airshow organiser is Farnborough
International Ltd (FIL), a subsidiary company of ADS, the UK's trade organisation
for Aerospace, Defence, Security and
MEET THE BUYERS AT FARNBOROUGH
Photo courtesy BAE Systems - taken at last