UK aerospace innovations get £47m boost

Posted on 22 Oct 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Last Thursday (22 October) at the Aerodays event in London, Business Minister Anna Soubry announced the 23 winners of a £47m joint government and industry funding competition – Building UK’s leadership in aerospace technology.

The UK is a world leader in aerospace, and the competition seeks to further strengthen its position by awarding investment to innovative projects that align with the Aerospace Technology Institute’s (ATI) technology strategy.

The programme, shaped by the ATI and delivered by Innovate UK, has led to successful proposals involving 100 different organisations including 55 small and medium-sized businesses and 11 universities.

Winners include:

  • A £2.15m project by Southampton-based company, Ilika; Reliance Precision Engineering; University of Sheffield; GKN, and BAE Systems, to develop a new generation of self-healing alloys – those with the ability to remove micro-cracks without human interaction.
  • A £1.9m project by Swindon-based TE Connectivity to assess how lightweight printed circuits can replace wiring – reducing fuel consumption and improving emissions.
  • A £1.1m project led by Advanced Innovative Engineering (UK) Ltd in Lichfield to develop game-changing electrical power systems for the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

Business Minister Anna Soubry commented: “Backed by almost £50m from government and industry, these truly innovative projects will help maintain our position as a world leader in aerospace.

“We will continue to work closely with industry, to increase productivity and growth, raise skill levels and keep us ahead of our international competitors.”

ATI CEO, Gary Elliott added: “We are very pleased to see so many supply chain organisations involved in this competition. It demonstrates the richness and innovative nature of the UK’s aerospace capability. Engagement with the UK supply chain will be essential for improving our international competitiveness.”

Further details on the competition and a full list of successful projects are available here.