Boeing has broken ground on the site of the future Boeing Sheffield facility, where the company will make components from local materials for Boeing aircraft.
The new fabrication facility, the result of an investment of more than £20 million, is part of a broader plan by the company to ‘vertically integrate and begin in-house manufacturing of key actuation components and systems’ in the US and the UK to enhance production efficiency and reduce cost in its supply chain.
The new UK facility, Boeing Sheffield, will manufacture spur gears, shafts and housings from materials that are sourced in the UK in the giants first manufacturing facility in Europe, supporting global growth and competitiveness for the world’s largest aerospace company and enabling access to UK talent and capability. Boeing Commercial Airplanes facility in Portland, Oregon, US, will also produce actuators and assemble actuation systems for these models as a new work statement.
Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe said:
“The UK provides Boeing with the talent and infrastructure we need to grow and maintain a high level of productivity and quality to meet our significant order book. We are proud to expand our relationship with the UK still further with Boeing Sheffield.
Our decision to start manufacturing high-value components in the UK is a step-change in our engagement and a further example of Boeing’s commitment to grow here, supporting the UK’s long-term prosperity.”
Boeing Sheffield will employ approximately 30 people, including 18 apprentices, when it opens in 2018 as part of BCA’s Fabrication operations and will work closely with Boeing Portland for complex machining, gear systems and flight controls.
The company’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2016 was £2.1 billion and the company supports an estimated 16,500 jobs in the UK supply chain.