More firms benefit from Navy carrier contract

Posted on 7 Jul 2008 by The Manufacturer

Further Navy aircraft carrier manufacturing contracts worth a total of £91.5 million have been split between seven UK companies.

Among them is Corus, which has won a £65 million deal to provide steel for the vessels. Mid Lothian-based MacTaggart Scott & Co secured a £13 million contract to build aircraft lifts. And Aeronautical & General Instruments will design and build visual landing aids under a £7.5 million agreement.

“The majority of the contracts have been placed or are in the process of being placed at the moment,” said air operations manager for the Aircraft Carrier Alliance Peter Symonds, adding that “most of them are going to UK companies.”

Keith Hazlewood, GMB Union national secretary, described the project as “good news for UK manufacturing, creating further jobs outside the building of the aircraft carriers.

“It’s much needed work for many communities and once again demonstrates that UK manufacturing is not dying.”