The British Midlands

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  • British Midlands companies play a key role in aircraft and aero-engine programmes all over the world
  • Specialist aerospace metals and materials are being supplied by a number of key companies in the region
  • Innovative engineering and manufacturing work is supported by cutting edge research, carried out by leading universities and their partners in industry

Rolls-Royce, the world’s largest producer of aero-engines has it’s global headquarters in the British Midlands.

From it’s manufacturing facilities in the British Midlands Rolls-Royce produces jet engines for a host of aircraft including the Trent 900 for the Airbus A380 “double-decker” and the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787 “dreamliner”.

The British Midlands is one of Europe’s most significant aerospace clusters. There is a particular regional focus on propulsion systems, on-board systems, specialist metals and materials, and engineering and consultancy.

Aerospace manufacturing companies with a significant presence in the region include; Rolls-Royce, Goodrich, Smiths Aerospace, HS Marston Aerospace, Dunlop Aerospace and Roxel Rocket Motors.

British Midlands companies play key roles in leading aircraft and aero-engine programmes the world over, including the range of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Joint Strike Fighter.

Suppliers of specialist aerospace metals and materials in the British Midlands include Timet, Special Metals Wiggin, All Metal Services and Titanium Industries, and the region also benefits from widespead aerospace design and engineering capabilities ­– a key factor in the decision by Airbus to establish a major new Midlands engineering office in Solihull in 2006.

The region’s manufacturing and engineering work is underpinned by cutting-edge research into the latest material and technologies:

the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Loughborough for example, are home to Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres. At the same time specialist industry support is available through the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, the body that represents the aerospace industry across the region, and provides both established and new or expanding businesses with the resources they need to flourish.