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POSTPONED – Fact finding mission North – West England

There is a lot of interest for the fact finding mission North – West England from 18th – 20th March. However, most interested participants want to wait until there is more clarity about the Brexit. Therefore we have decided to postpone the fact finding mission to a later moment. We will keep you informed when something changes. 

The NAG and the North West England’s Aerospace Alliance are organizing a fact finding mission to North – West England. The visit takes place from 18th – 20th March and is open to all members active in Aircraft Manufacturing and aircraft research & technology.  The visit will include:

  • BAE Systems, including a briefing about the company’s air sector strategy and its new “Tempest” program
  • Rolls-Royce.  A visit to the fan systems division
  • Safran Nacelles

The UK’s aerospace sector is the largest in Europe and second globally to the USA. With a £31bn turnover, 128k direct employees and 39% growth since 2010, the sector is home to global players such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Safran, GKN Aerospace, Cobham and Marshall Aerospace. In addition, Airbus, GE and Leonardo have production facilities in the UK. It shows that aerospace is a key sector for the UK government. The Aerospace Growth Partnership, also known as The AGP, is a strategic partnership between government and industry which has been established to secure the future of the UK aerospace industry for the next 20 years and beyond.

This joint visit follows earlier NAG activities such as the Rolls-Royce visit in the Midlands during the Interreg IVB program, the GKN meeting in July 2016, the visit to Marshall Aerospace in early 2018, and of course the bi-annual participation in the Farnborough Airshow.  This is your chance to find out and discuss about cooperation opportunities with the UK aerospace sector.

18th – 20th March: North – West England for Aircraft Manufacturing Supply Chain

Draft program

Monday 18th March

Arrival at Manchester Airport (MAN) and check-in hotel

Tuesday 19th March

Fact finding visit to Safran Nacelles, Burnley
- Corporate presentations
- Facility Tour
- Lunch

Visit Rolls-Royce
- Corporate presentations
- Facility Tour

Reception (tbc)

Wednesday 20th March

Visit BAE Systems, Samlesbury
- Corporate presentations
- Air Sector Strategy Briefing
- BAE Systems briefing: After Typhoon and F-35 (e.g. Tempest and future technology programs)
- BAE Systems briefing: After Hawk - future training systems
- Facility Tour

Member forum: b2b meetings with the members of the Northwest Aerospace Alliance

Flight back to Schiphol (AMS)

Please note this is a draft program. Times and elements are to be confirmed.

Costs & Registration
Participation costs are € 985,- excluding VAT for NAG members. This includes organization costs, local support and local transfers.

This fee excludes travel to and from Manchester, hotels and personal expenses. A travel itinerary with suggested flights will be shared in advance.
If you are not a NAG member yet, but still like to join this Fact Finding, please reach out to Adrienne de Vries.

A minimum of 9 participants for the program is required to be able to organize this program.

To register, please fill in the form on this page or contact the NAG office. Registration is possible until February 15.

Participants might be able to apply for a Starter for International Business mission voucher covering 50% of the participation costs. These vouchers are issued by Netherlands Enterprise Agency. More information (in Dutch).

More information
For more information about this activity please contact the organizing team at the NAG office: Adrienne de Vries

Participating members

Event details:

Manchester United Kingdom

From: 18 Mar 2019
Till: 20 Mar 2019


  • Aircraft Manufacturing


  • Trade Mission

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