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The West of England’s aerospace and advanced engineering sector is worth over £2.7 billion.

Over 10 world-leading aerospace companies are based here. The area is Europe’s aerospace powerhouse, with specialist expertise in areas like composites, robotics, and additive-layer manufacturing.

In addition to the 51,000 aerospace, manufacturing and advanced engineering jobs in the West of England, the region is home to four world-class universities attended by over 39,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) students.

The region is home to the National Composites Centre (NCC) which is one of seven world-class centres comprising the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) research centre.

At the HVMC, businesses of various sizes and sectors can access new technology and specialist engineers to drive innovation for composites.

Major international businesses operate in the region, such as Airbus, GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo Group, and Boeing. Their supply chains lead in aerospace research, development, and design. These businesses feed the manufacture of aircraft, helicopters, military transport, satellites, and communication systems across the country and globally.

  • The region’s aerospace firms are supported by new ‘disruptive technology’ facilities. This includes the University of Bath’s new Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, which supports joint research and 300 new engineering jobs.
  • Additional developments include the Airbus Wing Integration Centre, and the National Composites Centre’s announcement of a further £36.7 million investment in its current facility.
  • The West of England Aerospace Forum, a large aerospace and defence association which connects members to major industry and government decision makers, is based in the region.
  • Productivity in the sector has grown by 50% since 2009, at 20 times the UK average.

Who's here?

Airbus     BAE Systems     Rolls Royce     GKN Aerospace     Collins Aerospace     Thales     MBDA
HiETA Technologies     CFMS - The Centre for Modelling & Simulation     Bristol Robotics Lab
National Composites Centre     Altran