Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced the opening of its new fabrication factory in Sheffield in the UK, the company said.
The new factory, the company´s first manufacturing site in Europe, makes actuation system components for the 737 and 767 jets from raw materials sourced in the UK. At full capacity, Boeing Sheffield will produce thousands of parts each month, which will be shipped for assembly in Boeing´s Portland plant in Oregon, United States.
Boeing Sheffield manufactures more than 100 different high-tech actuation components for the 737 and 767 wing trailing edge. Actuation systems move the flaps at the back of the wing to provide extra lift at low speeds during takeoff and landing. The 6,200-square-metre facility represents a Boeing investment of more than Â£40 million, placing the world´s largest aerospace company at the heart of Sheffield City Region´s growing Global Innovation Corridor. A total of 52 employees, including experienced mechanics, engineers and more than 20 apprentices, make up the current Boeing Sheffield team.
Among the suppliers that have partnered with Boeing on this UK expansion are Aeromet International Ltd, a Worcester-based supplier of advanced aluminium and magnesium cast parts, and Maher Ltd, a first-time supplier to Boeing, which will supply bespoke steel bar and pre-machined components made of UK-sourced steel from Liberty Speciality Steels,
Boeing is the world´s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Boeing employs more than 2,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and contracts with more than 250 UK suppliers.