Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
Wales is a major centre for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO). 10% of the UK’s activity is managed here.
GE Aviation is the world MRO base for the GE90 engine, used in the twin-engine wide-body Boeing 777, one of the most powerful engines certified for civil aircraft. In addition, GE handles the GP7000, which was developed by The Engine Alliance, a joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney. This powers the new Airbus A380 and the CFM56 family of engines – developed by CFM, which is the world’s most popular aircraft engine. The business occupies a workshop space of 1 million square feet and its customer base covers 90+ operators, stretching from China through Europe to the West Coast of USA and to Chile in Latin America. British Airways is also committed to Welsh expertise, with three dedicated MRO facilities across a 50km radius.
At St Athan Aerospace Business Park, part of the Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprize Zone, there are a number of smaller companies emerging. Among them is eCube Solutions LLP, specialising in end-oflife aircraft projects. St Athan is also home to Cardiff Aviation, a fully approved and certified aviation maintenance, engineering, and technical service group.
The Non-Destructive Testing Validation Centre in Port Talbot, managed by TWI, works to improve the accuracy of inspection techniques and flaw detection.
In North Wales, DECA, Raytheon, Marshall Aviation Services and Babcock are also engaged in maintaining and overhauling aircraft, drawing on the region’s extensive talent pool.
With so much activity and opportunity, Wales’ MRO sector continues to grow in volume, as well as workforce expertise.
A local supply chain
Alongside opportunities to tap into local markets, businesses in Wales have suppliers on their doorstep. A mature supply chain serves both aerospace and defence markets with leading edge electronics and communication systems.
That chain includes companies with varying aerospace expertise such as Magellan, CAV, Gardner, Triumph Actuation, Metal Improvement Company, Curtiss Wright and Tritech.
Companies like Solvay and Timet are also working to develop advanced materials including composites and adhesive materials for extremedemand environments.
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