Building work on Boeing’s first European manufacturing facility, in Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, began earlier this month.
The £40m investment will create jobs and also provide the city region’s businesses with new supply chain opportunities. The investment also further cements Sheffield City Region’s credentials as a global centre for innovation-inspired advanced manufacturing.
The city region’s partnership with Boeing goes back more than 15 years, to when Boeing co-founded the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with The University of Sheffield in 2001.
Boeing Sheffield will be a 2,300 square metre facility to manufacture actuation systems – used on aircraft wings – for Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft. Production is set to begin in late 2018.
Boeing also plans a major research and development programme with the AMRC, which was named a Boeing Supplier of the Year this year, to develop new manufacturing techniques that can be applied to the Boeing Sheffield facility and then implemented across Boeing internationally.
Richard Mills, Boeing UK’s Director of Strategy explained: “Once we had taken the decision to locate Boeing’s first European manufacturing facility in South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, it was all systems go.
“We had to ensure that the AMRC research capability was in place, that the city and city region could assemble a support package to underpin the business case and that the supply chain potential we thought existed, was a reality.
“Sheffield City Council took the lead on working with the city region to support our case for investment funding and turned that around extremely quickly. Acting as the interface with local partners greatly helped our own decision-making processes.”