Boeing opens first European manufacturing plant in Sheffield

Posted on 25 Oct 2018 by Maddy White

Boeing has today opened a £40m production facility in Sheffield, this is the company’s first manufacturing site in Europe.

Farnborough, UK - July 16, 2018: Boeing 737 MAX on a steep angled landing descent to Farnborough Airport, UK - image courtesy of Depostiphotos.
Boeing Sheffield will make over 100 different high-tech actuation system components – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

The 6,200-square-metre facility will be located at the Sheffield Business Park, alongside The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Boeing Sheffield will make over 100 different high-tech actuation system components for its 737 and 767 models.

The components produced will be made from raw materials sourced in the UK, and are to be used on the trailing edge of the models’ wings.

Trailing edge actuation systems are responsible for extending and retracting the wing’s flaps during different phases of flight.

Components made in Sheffield will then be shipped to Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ (BCA) facility in Oregon, US, for assembly.

The facility is part of a broader plan by Boeing to vertically integrate and begin in-house manufacturing of key actuation components and systems in the US and the UK, enhancing production efficiency and reducing cost in its supply chain.

Boeing Sheffield will support global growth and competitiveness for the world’s largest aerospace company and enable access to UK talent and capability.

Boeing employs almost 2,300 people across the UK, and has contracts with more than 250 UK suppliers, spending over £18bn with tier 1 suppliers based in the UK.

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