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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

national aerospace

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:

� aerodynamics

� propulsion

� aerostructures

� 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,

we must

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

they remain

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

supply chain.

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

that is

first class. We welcome enquiries from buyers

and specifiers and can point them to suppliers

with the right accreditations for their needs."

sp (SC21)




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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

pre-planned meetings.

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

Space industries.


Photo courtesy BAE Systems - taken at last

year's airshow.


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