ETG has recently joined the prestigious Northwest Aerospace Alliance and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, both of which, as Graeme Thomas, technical director special projects explains, are highly valuable, professional networking organisations.
“Members are major aerospace component manufacturers and various tier suppliers – just the sort of people we want to be talking to with Chiron and Handtmann in particular being well known machine tool suppliers in this sector. But we need to cast the net wider and I believe membership will be a great boost for us.
“The Alliance’s also offer opportunities for representation at the major air shows such as Farnborough and those in Europe which is something we can consider. A good move I believe.”
The North West alliance was formed in 1994 to represent and support the Aerospace industry across the North West of England. NWAA represents approximately 25% of the UK aerospace industry with over 220 member companies and a combined turnover in excess of £7 billion.
Its parallel, the Midlands Aerospace Alliance was formed in 2003 to support and represent the aerospace industry across the region and like the aerospace alliances in other UK clusters, the MAA works closely with the national bodies in Aerospace, Defence, Space and Security (ADS).
In 2014, the MAA has more organisations than any regional aerospace alliance in the world - bar one, France’s Aerospace Valley (which runs from Toulouse to Bordeaux).
This is a good indicator of its importance considering ‘the Midlands’ does not actually manufacture any aircraft!
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