Welsh Aerospace Industry
Wales is a centre of excellence for aerospace manufacturing and MRO related activities; over 160 companies employ in excess of 23,000 people. State-of-the-art facilities now manufacture, supply, maintain, repair and overhaul, civil and military aircraft from around the world. The aerospace sector in Wales is a dynamic growth industry that operates on best practice techniques and is supported directly by the Aerospace Wales Forum.
Names that are major forces within the civil and military aerospace industry are based in Wales:
Airbus in the UK - manages the production of Airbus aircraft which takes place at the different sites in Europe including Broughton in North Wales. Manufacturing is global and structured around key manufacturing units, each of which is responsible for producing a complete section of the aircraft for delivery to the final assembly lines. The extensive redevelopment of Airbus UK’s manufacturing facility in Broughton, Flintshire comprises of several buildings, which accommodate the equipment required to manufacture the wings for the A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, and the A380 double deck super jumbo in additon to the recently opened A350 wing plant.
Defence Support Group (DSG) - Their electronics business unit is based at Sealand in North Wales.
GE Aviation - a multi-national company with a one million square foot operation at Nantgarw in South Wales. It is the largest engine maintenance centre in Europe and is still growing. It overhauls GE, Rolls Royce, and Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines.
General Dynamics UK Ltd - is part of General Dynamics Corporation, one of the top six defence companies world wide. Based in the USA, General Dynamics employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide. With headquarters in South East Wales, General Dynamics UK now occupies four locations in the United Kingdom and employs 1000 highly skilled staff producing world-class solutions in military communications, battlespace management, mission systems and information management applications for its customer base around the world.
NORDAM Europe Ltd - their Welsh facility at Blackwood repairs and overhauls jet engine nacelle systems and engine components, including nose cowls, thrust reversers and turbine sleeves. NORDAM offers a complete service for everything that goes around the engine.
Hawker Beechcraft - is based at Hawarden, Broughton in North Wales and provides MRO services for business, executive and military jet aircraft. They have clients from Africa and the Middle East. Facilities are available on site for complex avionics instalments and major modifications. NDT (non-destructive testing) technology is used to assess the airframe and complete engine diagnostics can be undertaken, as well as engine condition trend monitoring and instrument calibration.
Raytheon Systems Ltd - also based at Broughton has responsibility to support the RAF's ASTOR programme and airborne battlefield surveillance system.
Qioptiq - Specialises in the design, development and manufacture of modules and components for the military, aerospace, civil and industrial markets. It employs over 450 people, of whom a high percentage are qualified engineers and a number acknowledged world experts in their specialist area. They are situated in Denbighshire, N Wales.
Babcock International Group - is a focused support services company working primarily with public sector institutions and provides MRO support to the RAF Hawk training fleet at RAF Valley.
British Airways Maintenance Cardiff - the world's only licensed dual bay facility capable of maintaining and overhauling Boeing 747, 767 and 777 aircraft, based at Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan near to Cardiff Airport.
British Airways Avionics Engineering - serves world-wide airline customers such as - BA, Virgin, Airtours and Cathay Pacific. Although BAAE continues its close links with British Airways it is also assuming the role of an independent, commercial operation. They are based in South Wales close to Llantrisant.
British Airways Interiors - at Blackwood in Gwent and involves the refurbishing of passenger and flight crew seating. The company also repairs galleys, toilet modules and cabin-fittings, as well as internal fixtures, it repairs and re-covers aircraft sidewalls, manufactures floor panels and provides tailored cabin-carpeting kits
Zodiac Seating UK Ltd (formerly Contour Premium Aircraft Seating) - Manufactures a range of business and first class seating; they are situated at Cwmbran in South Wales