Boeing Plans to Open Its First European Factory in South Yorkshire

Company - Pavan Pandey - Feb 27,2017

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boeing plans to open its first european factory in south yorkshire

The $25 million new facility will supply critical parts for company’s best-selling Boeing 737 short-haul workhorse and the 777 wide-body airliners.

Boeing Co. has assigned the northern city for a $25 million investment where the company will manufacture complex parts for actuators which move flaps of the wings.

According to Sir Michael Arthur, the president of Boeing Europe, they choose South Yorkshire because of experienced workers here and their relations with Sheffield-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

He mentioned that “the area has very high skills, particular in advanced manufacturing technology, which we think is world class."

He added that the company wants to initiate manufacturing some very sophisticated components such as the gearing systems on wings, actuation systems and the place (Sheffield) is extremely good for manufacturing.

The 25,000 Square feet facility will produce for Boeing 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft, and will also hire 30 workers for which the recruitment expects to start next year.

At the moment company employs approximately 2300 workers in the Britain, working in both civil and military fields.  

According to the Boeing Co., if planning permission is approved, the factory could up and running by the end of 2018.

The US aerospace company further added that it would also heighten its commitment to research at the Sheffield factory. The factory will work closely with company’s sister actuator factory in Portland which manufacturers some jets parts like flight controls, gear systems and machine parts.

According to the company, it won two fresh gigantic contracts from the British Military Department. The deal covers the supplying for P-8 Poseidon spy aircraft for the RAF (Royal Air Force) and upgrading the Army’s fleet of Apache helicopters.