Boeing lands in Scotland

New alliance aims to grow airline manufacturer’s supply chain and create new jobs.

Boeing Scotland Alliance 

Over the next five years, the alliance aims to double the aircraft manufacturer’s supply chain and create 200 new quality jobs in Scotland.

Boeing and Scotland will explore opportunities to work together and will initially focus on sectors including space, advanced manufacturing and digital technologies.

Boeing UK has signed the strategic alliance with Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency. It's expected to lead to new opportunities for companies, universities and regions across Scotland.

It will initially focus on sustainability initiatives within the aviation sector which support Scotland’s transition to a net zero economy by 2045. It will also look for innovative solutions in key areas. For example, how to reduce manufacturing time and materials waste which could lead to lower aircraft weight. This could lower carbon emissions through greater fuel efficiency.

"This is a blueprint for Boeing working with suppliers and universities in Scotland, harnessing and contributing to the deep expertise already here in advanced manufacturing. We look forward to new partnerships to come, building on the strength of the impressive Scottish aviation supply chain and excellence in high-tech research."

Sir Martin Donnelly, President of Boeing Europe and Managing Director of Boeing UK and Ireland

Manufacturing for the future

One of the first activities to come from the alliance is an £11.8 million Research and Development (R&D) project between Boeing and the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). Boeing is establishing a team in Scotland to support the project, which will look at metallic component manufacturing as the basis for future aircraft components.

Through this project, Boeing has become the first strategic industrial partner for NMIS. This £65 million, industry-led, international centre of manufacturing expertise operated by the University of Strathclyde, will make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing. 

NMIS is the anchor tenant of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) site being developed by Renfrewshire Council.

"Today’s announcement represents another important milestone in Scotland’s manufacturing innovation journey. This strategic alliance with Boeing creates opportunities for companies, universities, colleges and employment across Scotland."

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Government Economy Secretary

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