Lancashire is number one for aerospace in the UK
it has the largest cluster of aerospace activity in the UK, employing over 12,700 people and is the fourth largest in the world after Seattle, Toulouse and Montreal. Aerospace in Lancashire is part of a wider world class regional cluster in the north west accounting for more than a quarter of national production.
BAE Systems, which assembles the UK’s Eurofighter Typhoons in Lancashire and will build ten per cent of the F-35 programme - the largest military aerospace programme ever, worth $1 trillion - is based in Lancashire and other Lancashire firms are supplying the civil aviation market, such as the nearby Airbus UK facility.
Lancashire makes a significant contribution to the whole aerospace supply chain with world-class firms like Senior Aerospace Weston, Magellan Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Safran Nacelles, to name but a few, operating in areas such as metal machining of aircraft structural and engine components, the process and treatment industry and engine sub-systems.
Lancashire is at the forefront of global innovation in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology - the world’s most advanced UAV, the Taranis, was designed, built and tested in Lancashire
Companies can access local R&D expertise. UCLan and Lancaster University have excellent R&D strengths in disciplines relating to advanced manufacturing, engineering and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, with well-established links to the aerospace industry.
The Samlesbury Enterprise Zone (EZ) site is a new, high quality development on the UK’s newest Advanced Manufacturing Park immediately adjacent to BAE systems, offering a world-class, leading-edge collaborative environment. Colliers International is now marketing the 1 million sq ft of business space at Samlesbury.
The sector is also supported by the industry led North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA).
Aerospace Lancashire is a collaboration between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and Lancashire County Council to showcase the sector’s strength, suppliers and partners in order to attract more aerospace and advanced manufacturing businesses from the UK, and globally, to the county.
You can find out more about Aerospace Lancashire and the sector’s strength, suppliers and partners, in this short film.