Bristol aircraft centre investment safeguards hundreds of jobs
The government is to invest £37 million into the Wing Integration Centre at the Airbus site in Filton, Bristol in a move that protects manufacturing and engineering jobs.
The centre, which is due to open in 2017, will bring together around 300 highly skilled engineers based in other areas of the Filton site. It is estimated that the work will safeguard over 900 R&D jobs in the south-west and then up to a further 1500 manufacturing jobs in the longer term.
Chancellor George Osborne said: “When it comes to aerospace design Britain is the innovator of Europe and I want to see us going even further and becoming the global leader.
“That is why, with Airbus, we are committing £37 million for a new cutting edge research facility right here in the heart of the South West.
“Not only will the new research centre play home to some of the most exciting innovations in aerospace, for years to come it will also protect hundreds of highly skilled jobs.”
Tom Williams, chief operating officer of Airbus, said: “I would like to thank the Chancellor for visiting Filton today and making this vitally important announcement for the UK and Airbus.
“It is crucial we take the lead in developing new technology and this facility will help to shape the future of air travel for decades to come.
“This joint investment is a further boost to the Airbus site at Filton which is the global leader in design and testing of wings, fuel systems, and landing gear.”