25 APR 2012

PM visits Airbus site at Filton

The Prime Minister has visited the Airbus site at Filton along with local Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti. Jack and the Prime Minister met with Airbus senior managers to discuss the firm's future business plans and were then treated to a tour of the factory that assembles the A400M military aircraft wings. The Prime Minister and the Filton and Bradley Stoke MP then had a chance to chat with Filton based apprentices.

Jack said:

"I was delighted that the Prime Minister took the time to come and see the excellent work that is done by Airbus in Filton. We couldn't be prouder of Airbus locally and I know that the PM is very proud of what Airbus is doing for UK manufacturing and exports.

This Government is fully behind Airbus, last week the PM helped sign the Airbus deal in Indonesia and it was this Government that ordered 22 of the A400M aircraft following the Strategic Defence and Security Review."

At Filton, over 4,500 people are employed in the design office and in business support roles such as procurement, finance and customer service. Core activities at Filton include the design, engineering and support for Airbus wings, fuel systems and landing gear integration. Teams also work on systems, structures, and aerodynamics research, development and test facilities.

More than 2,000 engineers at Filton are involved in a range of areas, including wing integration, flight physics, structures and systems. Filton also is responsible for wing assembly and equipping for the A400M multi-role airlifter, and is home to a Composites Structures Development Centre.

Airbus' presence in Filton will be enhanced with the future construction of a new aerospace business park, which is to consolidate the site's engineering, design, customer support and other employees into one highly-efficient office block. Expected features of this 12-acre facility, which Airbus aims to begin building in 2012, include modern office space and an auditorium.

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