GKN Aerospace to open £32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol
The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, and the Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker revealed plans for GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre in the UK.
The new centre – funded by a £17 million commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15m commitment from the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute – is expected to open in 2020. Once open the 10,000 square metre facillity will host 300 highly skilled engineers, and will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.
It will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s Catapult network of innovation hubs and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain, which includes the nearby production centre that assembles wings for Airbus aircraft along with
GKN Aerospace’s composite plant at Avonmouth.
The centre will focus on additive manufacturing (AM), advanced composites, assembly and industry 4.0 processes to enable the high rate production of aircraft structures. The GTC will maintain GKN Aerospace’s position at the forefront of technology development for the next generation of energy efficient aircraft. The facility will serve as a base for GKN Aerospace’s technology partnership in the Airbus’ ”Wing of Tomorrow” technology programme as well as new additive manufacturing programmes.
The Bristol centre joins a growing list of GKN Aerospace Centres of Technical Excellence around the world. Each centre has a unique technology focus – covering AM, thermoplastics and smart aeroengine systems – and is supported and linked by a clear digital strategy.
Along with GKN Aerospace and the Aerospace Technology Institute, collaboration partners at the new Global Technology Center include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), Additive Industries B.V., ANSYS UK Limited, ATS Applied Tech Systems Limited,
Centre for Modelling & Simulation, Digital Catapult, KUKA Industries UK Limited, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Materialise UK Limited, National Composites Centre, PXL Realm, Thales UK Limited, University of Bath, University of Bristol and University of Sheffield.
The University of Sheffield has significant experience in working with manufacturers to become more competitive by introducing new technologies and processes proven by research.
The University of Sheffield’s AMRC has a global reputation for developing the complementary research and innovation capabilities that strengthen the UK’s offer to the high-value manufacturing sector. Its world-class centre helps manufacturers of any size become
more competitive by introducing the manufacturing technologies and techniques that help them boost productivity and is the catalyst for performance improvements in the wider UK economy.