North West Aerospace Alliance


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RUE AERO (Reaching Up to Excellence in Aerospace Cluster Management) stems from one of the

18.07.17 Latest ECCP cluster matchmaking mission held during the Paris Le Bourget Aerospace Show

The latest European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) cluster matchmaking mission held


David Bailey
Executive Director - Operations

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

Ph    +44 (0)1772 648 815
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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.