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Farnborough 2014 proves a success for the UK aerospace & defence industries
Farnborough 2014 proves a success for the UK aerospace & defence industries

Farnborough 2014 proves a success for the UK aerospace & defence industries

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 17 July 2014

At the Farnborough Air Show this week, the busy exhibition halls and bustling isles demonstrated just how this industry is taking off (excuse the pun). Any visitor couldn't help but notice that Farnborough 2014, had a positively foreign feel about it. A casing point with over 68% of exhibitors at the show from overseas.

With such a high number of foreign exhibitors, it is clearly evident that more and more companies from around the world recognise the huge significance the UK aero market has in global terms. This upbeat mood and enthusiasm for the UK aerospace & defence industry may well be worthy of note for the UK subcontract market, which is now growing in confidence off the back of the recession. For those manufacturers keen to have a presence at the show, regional bodies such as the Midlands Aero Alliance, North West Aero Alliance and Aerospace Wales Forum all gave regional manufacturers an opportunity to showcase their wares on the global stage.

The significance of the industry is epitomised by the number of politicians taking to the isles and seminar podiums to make announcements. One such announcement from PM David Cameron was that the UK government was to boost its spend on defence by £1.1bn, great news for the UK manufacturing sector.

The 49th Farnborough exhibition delivered a record number of aircraft submissions with a number of Farnborough firsts including the Airbus A350 and Textron Airland Scorpion. Whilst the F-35 Lightening II was planned to make an appearance, visitors had to make do with a replica. In contrast, the Eurofighter Typhoon was put through its paces in the clear skies over Hampshire.
For exhibitors in halls 1 to 4, the footfall was impressive with everything from pilots through to engineers wanting to review the latest innovations. With a host of seminars throughout the week, one of the highlights for UK manufacturers had to be the ADS  conference. This 200 delegate gathering on Thursday noted 55 UK manufacturers officially receiving their SC21 (Supply Chain 21st Century) awards.

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