North West Aerospace Alliance


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David Bailey
Executive Director - Operations

Units 9 & 10, South Preston Office Village
Cuerden Way
Preston, PR5 6 BL
United Kingdom

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North West Aerospace Alliance

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies Approximately 350 member companies
Number of employees 50,000 Direct and 100,000 Indirect
Number of research institutes 15 Universities, 1 Science Centre of Excellence
Other cluster members  

Cluster Management

Organizational form Private, Not for profit/Company Limited by Guarantee
Financing Public Funding (regional), Project funding, membership fees, commercial work

Main Actors

Main industry actors Airbus Industrie, BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce
Main research institutes
  • University of Manchester
  • Liverpool University
  • Salford University
  • Lancaster University
  • Daresbury Science & Innovation Park

    Cluster Competences and Strategy

    Strengths & Competences

    • Military aircraft systems integration
    • Airframe components
    • Titanium machining
    • Military composites
    • Engine sub systems and components
    • UAV Systems design

    Science & Research

    • Autonomous Systems
    • Carbon composites
    • Virtual Engineering
    • Skills modelling capacity

    International Collaboration


    Main Challenges

    Develop a world competitive, technology based, high performance, innovative supply chain via our current supply chain programme and phase 2 programme.