Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
This is Wales.THIS IS AEROSPACE & DEFENCE.
The Aerospace and Defence sector is thriving throughout Wales. Over 160 companies employ more than 20,000 people here.
The Aerospace industry in Wales is thriving, and Wales provides world-class training, innovation and expertise, from university research to government and private sector projects. It’s a passion for progress. A driving force that has attracted some of the world’s leading companies to Wales, including BAE Systems, British Airways, GE Aviation, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Zodiac Seats and Qioptiq. Airbus Group in North Wales employs 6,500 people in its civilian aircraft wing plant. Wales can offer some of the highest levels of financial incentives in the UK and the sector has its own Enterprise Zone at Cardiff Airport and St Athan and it forms a key component of Anglesey, Snowdonia and Deeside Enterprise Zones.
Wales is a cornerstone of UK defence operations, through provision of workforce skills, as well as the availability of secure sites and airspace. More recently, we’ve added new strengths to our infrastructure.
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Segregated airspace for RPAS off the coast of West Wales was the first of its kind in the world to be established
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Wales is a major centre for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO). 10% of the UK’s activity is managed here.
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Wales produces over 6,000 science and engineering graduates a year. Within our eight universities there is a wealth of academic expertise applying itself to the aerospace industry.
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