Posted: November 24, 2014 Filed under: Hawarden / Broughton Airport | Tags: Airbus, £100m, Broughton, Development, Factories, Filton, First Minister, Investment, North Wales
Plane maker Airbus is investing £100m in research, development and training in a deal with UK and Welsh governments.
The announcement came at an investment conference in Newport designed to create jobs and growth for the UK.
Airbus employs about 6,000 at Broughton in Flintshire and over 4,000 at Filton.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has also pledged £8.1m to support training in Broughton.
That brings the total investment in the plant to £56m, including £48m being provided jointly by Airbus and the UK government to develop new systems and technologies for building the wings for the company’s aircrafts.
The UK Investment Summit Wales conference is being held at the Celtic Manor Resort, bringing together industry leaders, investors and politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
Last year, an extra £100m was spent on research and development in Wales, latest figures show.
On Friday, Airbus also announced that US company Delta Air Lines had placed a firm order for 50 new aircraft.
The research and development elements of the projects will be carried out with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), a £2 billion joint investment between industry and government aimed at developing activity necessary for the UK to win work on future aerospace programmes.
Wings for the new Airbus A350 plane are all made at the Broughton factory
Announcing the ATI funding, Mr Cameron said: “Aerospace is a real cornerstone of British business, supporting over 100,000 jobs across the UK and is worth over £27bn to our economy every year.
“With today’s investment we are backing our aerospace sector so that it continues to thrive, as key part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The aerospace industry is so important to Wales and we need to make sure that the skills of our workforce move at the pace of technological development in this field.”
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb added: “Today’s announcement means the company can now manufacture more of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft wings right here in Wales.”
Paul McKinlay, head of Airbus’s Broughton plant said: “Airbus places great importance on training its workforce and this funding will support development of skills and expertise and ensure Wales is ready to take on the challenges the next generation of technology will bring.”
A total of £48m is being invested in a project at the Broughton plant to develop new systems and technologies for building aircraft wings.
Airbus’s Filton and Broughton plants are responsible for designing, testing and manufacturing the wings for the whole family of Airbus commercial airliners.
Analysis by Brian Meechan, BBC Wales business correspondent
Airbus is one of the biggest employers in Wales with 6,000 people at the Broughton site manufacturing the wings for its aircrafts.
The UK aerospace industry is in a strong state. It grew by almost 10% last year.
It is a key industry in Wales providing highly skilled and well paid jobs not just at Airbus but also GE Aviation, General Dynamics and British Airways.
Aerospace employs around 23,000 people in Wales.
The money will be used on research and development at the Broughton site.
The Welsh government is also providing a further £8m to the company for staff training over the next five years which is a continuation of financial support it has given Airbus since 2009.
Speaking to some people from small businesses today, they asked why a multi-national company should need taxpayers’ money to train their staff.
It is understandable when budgets are tight in the fields of education, training and apprenticeships.
The argument would be that training workers does not just provide a benefit to the company but to the wider economy by creating a more skilled workforce in Wales which helps us compete internationally.
The Welsh government also offers financial support to attract companies into Wales which often includes money to help train staff.
So if it can be offered to new companies to establish themselves in Wales, why not to businesses that have shown a long-term commitment to the country and its workforce.
Sourced by BBC News
Posted: August 12, 2014 Filed under: Airline & Route News, Anglesey / RAF Valley & Mona Airports, Caernarfon Airport, Cardiff Airport & RAF St Athan, European Aviation News, Hawarden / Broughton Airport, UK Aviation News, Uncategorized, Welsh Aviation News
The operators of Hawarden invested £1m in a new terminal building
Plans to operate commercial flights to major UK cities from Hawarden airport in Flintshire have been dropped, the BBC understands.
The company had invested £1m in a new terminal building last year.
The airport shares a runway with the Airbus wing-making plant, which is working on a new taxiway.
North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach said flights would have helped to boost the local economy as the airport is close to the Deeside Enterprise Zone.
Owner Aviation Park Group has been asked to comment.
The Conservative AM said: “I think it’s a loss for the region. It had a lot of support from the local businesses around Hawarden particularly with the potential for the enterprise zone.
“It would have been a fantastic way of linking for example north Wales to Scotland and other areas, which would have hopefully encouraged tourism into north Wales, so I think it’s a loss in terms of business potential and tourism potential.
“It’s not as if we were talking about a massive planes that were coming in.
“These were going to be small city hopper type planes and I think it would have brought huge benefits in terms of employment to the area including staffing of the terminal and those possibilities have been lost now, it seems
Sourced from BBC Wales News
Posted: March 27, 2014 Filed under: Aircraft Engineering/Manufacturing, Hawarden / Broughton Airport | Tags: A320, A330, Airbus, £10bn, China, Engineering, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Order
Airbus has secured a deal to supply 70 aircraft, worth more than $10 billion, to China’s state-owned purchasing agency.
The order had been on hold due to a row between the EU and outside countries over carbon emissions tax on flights.
The breakthrough came during a state visit to France by Chinese president Xi Jinping.
The order includes 27 long-haul Airbus A330s and 43 A320s.
China also signed a new 10-year agreement allowing Airbus to continue building aircraft in the northern city of Tianjin until 2025.
A fifth of Airbus’s global production takes place on the Chinese mainland.
French president Francois Hollande told his Chinese counterpart that he wanted to “re-balance trade between our two countries,” thr BBC reported.
Aerospace already accounts for 29% of French exports to China.
Sourced from Travel Weekly
Posted: January 22, 2014 Filed under: Hawarden / Broughton Airport | Tags: CEG, Chester Hawarden Airport, EGGP, EGNR, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, LPL, Object, University of Liverpool, Wind Terbines, Wirral Way
By Linda Foo Guest
Two airports have objected to plans for wind turbines to be built close to a historic walking route, saying it will cause serious safety issues.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Hawarden Aerodrome in Chester are objecting against the controversial planning application, submitted in September, for the Wirral Way.
The University of Liverpool has applied to install two turbines on land between Cuckoo Lane and Woodfall Lane in Little Neston.
Both airports say the tall structures will interfere with radar systems, compromising safety when aeroplanes take off and land.
A Liverpool John Lennon Airport spokesman said: “It is a known fact that wind turbines located close to airports can impact on the airport’s radar equipment used to assist aircraft navigation, their take-off and landing.
“Due to the location of this particular wind turbine, this will impact on the radar equipment and the safe operation at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
“As a consequence, the airport has objected to this planning application.
“There are some viable, proven ways to mitigate these issues. However, to date, none have been put forward by the developer.”
Both structures would be sited at the university’s veterinary surgery, Leahurst.
The Wirral Way stretches from West Kirby to Hooton.
The proposal has prompted objections from many locals, who are worried the turbines would be too close to houses and Woodfall Primary School, as well as being an intrusion on green belt land, destroying wildlife and disrupting local bird populations.
Burton Residents’ Association said the turbines would have an impact on the landscape.
Woodfall Primary has also objected.
The university withdrew a previous application 12 months ago to carry out further surveys requested by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
It had over 300 objections at the time.
Little Neston resident John Norton is calling for the plan to be scrapped now that the two airports have raised concerns.
He added: “Speaking to my neighbours, parents at the local school and others, there is almost unanimous opposition to the university’s wind turbines plan.
A University of Liverpool spokeswoman said: “We expect to receive an impact assessment report regarding this issue soon, which will be included in our planning submission for the development, along with a review of any measures that can be taken to mitigate potential problems.”
Sourced by Liverpool Echo