Boeing touchdown in Sheffield
Sheffield has joined forces with the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, in a multi-million pound investment, bringing new jobs and providing the region’s businesses with new supply chain opportunities. This further cements Sheffield City Region (SCR’s) credentials as a global centre for innovation-inspired advanced manufacturing.
Boeing co-founded the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with The University of Sheffield in 2001 and will deepen their partnership by also launching a new major research and development programme to establish new manufacturing technology and methods.
Boeing Sheffield will be a 2,300 square meter facility to manufacture actuation systems – used on aircraft wings - for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft. The new facility, the result of a Boeing investment of more than £20 million, is part of a broader plan by Boeing to begin in-house the manufacturing of key actuation components and systems in the U.S. and the U.K., to enhance production efficiency and reduce cost in its supply chain. Construction of the facility, due to employ approximately 30 people when it opens, will commence later in 2017 with production coming on stream in late 2018.
Richard Mills, Boeing UK’s Director of Strategy explained that the project was moving at pace in order to meet production schedules. “Once we had taken the decision to locate Boeing’s first European manufacturing facility in South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, it was all systems go. We had to ensure that the AMRC research capability was in place, that the City and City Region could assemble a support package to underpin the business case and that the supply chain potential we thought existed, was a reality. Sheffield City Council took the lead on working with the City Region to support our case for investment funding and turned that around extremely quickly. Acting as the interface with local partners greatly helped our own decision making processes.