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£100 million to propel future of aerospace industry

News International-French

4 Feb 2015

The UK Government backed projects that include Formula 1 experts teaming up with jet engine makers, and aircraft landing gear that could cut carbon emissions were announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The plans are part of a £100 million boost for UK aerospace that includes £20 million of investment in the skills that will take the sector to new heights – including high-tech Masters courses and apprenticeships.

Six projects will share £80 million for aerospace research to help deliver growth and innovation in key areas of technology. This funding comes from a £2 billion pot committed jointly by industry and government as part of our industrial strategy, through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The projects involve 18 companies, 11 academic or research institutions and 5 Catapult centres from across the UK.

The Uk Government is working in partnership with big businesses like Airbus, GKN and Bombardier on an aerospace industrial strategy to give business the confidence to invest and create long-term jobs in the UK.

The 6 projects receiving funding from the ATI are:

  • £14 million for 9 partners led by Rolls-Royce – and including McLaren Racing - for high-tech research projects, using Formula 1 know-how to help develop high power gearboxes for future jet engines
  • £14 million for 9 partners, led by Airbus, to design improved landing gear for future aircraft, including introducing electric taxi technology so that engines can be switched off immediately after landing, saving fuel and reducing emissions
  • £9 million for 7 companies, led by Airbus Group, to improve the management of power used on aircraft and replace hydraulic systems with electric control systems. This will deliver lighter, greener aircraft, reducing CO2 emissions and saving airlines up to an estimated £2 billion annually
  • £10 million for 5 companies, led by GE Aviation Systems, to develop advanced printed circuit board test equipment, to improve the manufacture of high quality electronics that can operate in harsh environments
  • a £17 million project led by Rolls-Royce working with suppliers to develop new concepts for future engine architectures to improve environmental performance
  • £16 million for Airbus, Marshalls ADG and Bristol, Loughborough and Cranfield Universities to research and test innovations in wing design

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